Introduction to lesions in the mouth
When a person is experiencing a large amount of discomfort and pain in the mouth, it is most likely some type of lesion that is causing it.
People who have lesions in the mouth often feel a great amount of discomfort that can make basic task such as talking and eating quite difficult.
Lesions are open wounds that often bleed when irritated. When a person has lesions in the mouth, even brushing the teeth can be a quite painful affair.
The lesions usually form on the tongue, inner cheeks or gums. If a person has lesions in the mouth, it is very important that they avoid eating spicy foods in order to prevent aggravation.
An injury to the mouth is a common reason behind these mouth lesions. Too much brushing of the gums can cause lesions to form. Also, eating spicy foods and hot foods and drinks can damage the inside of the mouth as well.
It is important to stay away from toothpaste in which sodium lauryl sulfate is an active ingredient, because that puts them at a higher risk of developing lesions in the mouth.
Oral thrush is another common cause of mouth lesions.
This is caused by a fungus known as candida albicans. This fungus is not an unusual occurrence and it is usually found in the mouth, however, when there is too much of it, there will be an visible infection forming that will present itself in the form of a white lesion on the tongue.
These lesions can occur in other places as well, the gums, the roof of the mouth and the inner cheeks as well.
The fungus grows in greater amounts in people who have a weak immune system. Also, another cause of oral thrush can be overusing certain medications.
Canker sores appear as white patches in the mouth, and they are mouth ulcers that usually occur under the tongue but can also be found on the inner cheeks as well.
Canker sores can develop when people who are allergic to foods such as chocolate or eggs consume these foods.
Lesions can also be a sign of oral cancer, which usually occurs in people who have been either smoking cigarettes or using chewing tobacco for an extended amount of time.
When a person has lesions that are caused by oral cancer, they will not respond to usual treatments. A sore throat will also accompany oral cancer usually.