Stomatitis/Mucositis

Stomatitis/Mucositis may cause the inside of the mouth to appear red and inflamed, or it may bleed. This condition occurs when mucosal cells in the tissue lining the mouth break down and cause pain or a burning sensation. These irritated tissues can make eating and swallowing difficult.
 

CAUSES:



  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Leaving dentures in the mouth for long periods.
  • Infections.
  • Medications.
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Poor Nutrition
  • A weakened immune system.
  • Post-cancer treatment.
     

HELPFUL TIPS:



  • Brush teeth twice a day.
  • Clean cheeks, tongue and roof of the mouth at least once a day with a soft toothbrush.
  • Keep the affected area free of debris as bacteria in dental plaque will prolong recovery.
  • Consult a dental professional for an evaluation, daily dental care plan and medications to treat the inflammation.
  • Avoid hot, spicy, acidic or hard, crunchy foods, tobacco and alcohol products.
  • Consult a dental professional prior to beginning radiation or chemotherapy.
  • Consider more frequent professional dental visits.