With so many different symptoms of COVID-19 it can be difficult to keep up with them all. And now, you can add mouth sores to the list.
What Do COVID Mouth Sores Look Like?
Mouth sores can consist of ulcers and red, purple, white, or brown pin-prick spots in the roof of your mouth. Or even white patches on the tongue. They occur because the virus attacks your muscle fibers and linings, changing the appearance of your oral tissues.
Your body can fail to produce the necessary saliva that protects your mouth from bad bacteria. As a result, your tongue may start looking white and patchy. People with this symptom may find it difficult to chew food and to speak properly.
Treating Mouth Sores
From the initial onset of your COVID-19 mouth sores, they tend to last an average of 21 days. In the meantime, you can get relief by rinsing several times a day with a warm saltwater solution. It’s best to avoid alcoholic beverages, mouth rinses that contain alcohol, or peroxide, as these can cause a burning sensation and worsen your symptoms.
Eat a diet that consists of soft foods that are low in acidity and served cold or lukewarm at the most.
Preventing COVID-19 Mouth Sores
The best way to prevent COVID mouth sores is to take steps to limit contracting the coronavirus. Continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask when in public, wash your hands frequently, isolate yourself if necessary, and get tested if you have been exposed or suspect yourself of having the virus.
Prime Dental Care wants you to stay healthy throughout the pandemic. If you have any questions about your oral health and how it relates to COVID-19, feel free to contact us.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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