Medically reviewed by Grazielle Millo-Paderes, DDM, MSc · Dentistry · Unihealth-Parañaque Hospital and Medical Center
Medically, a mouth sore or singaw happens when a part of the mucous membrane eroded. The mucous membrane is the soft tissue lining the insides of our mouth. The lesions vary in size and appearance. Most times, they look like a yellow or pale ulcer with a reddish edge.
Even though a person suffers from one or a few mouth sores, their mouth looks normal. However, they feel uncomfortable and distracting, especially when you’re drinking or eating.
The good news is: mouth sores often go away in a week or two. Still, it would be so much better to know how to prevent singaw.
Before we can proceed on how to prevent singaw, we should first understand their causes. To do this, let’s discuss canker sores and cold sores.
Canker sores are the typical mouth sores we experience; they are small and noncontagious. Its appearance looks like a pale or yellowish ulcer. To put it simply, it looks like there’s a “hole” on your mucous membrane.
Please note that some health conditions can also trigger the development of canker sores. Such conditions include a weakened immune system and Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition.
Knowing these causes will make it easier for you to understand how to prevent singaw.
A cold sore is also a type of mouth sore. Unlike canker sores, cold sores are highly contagious as they are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Often, when a person develops cold sores, they would first feel a burning or tingling sensation in their mouth.
Additionally, the sores begin as blisters and then would just crust over.
The thing is, the herpes simplex virus can stay in the body for a long time—years, even. Cold sores would just appear when triggered by any of the following:
Knowing the causes will give you better ideas on how to prevent singaw.
Aside from knowing how to prevent singaw, you also need to know about its home remedies. In case you develop painful mouth sores, you can try the following.
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When it comes to how to prevent singaw, here are some of the best preventive measures:
Knowing how to prevent singaw makes it easier for us to avoid such a simple, but an uncomfortable condition. Still, you need to know when you’re supposed to go to the doctor. If you experience the following, be sure to seek medical help.
Singaw is a fairly common condition and it’s good that we can perform some home remedies to soothe the pain and heal it.
The practices on how to prevent singaw depend on the causes. In general, always be gentle when cleaning your mouth, choose your food and drinks wisely, and avoid harsh oral care products.
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