5. Sores from braces or dentures
Orthodontic work and dentures can scrape and cut mouth tissues, and be literally a pain. Like other mouth sores, these will heal with time and can be helped with saltwater rinses. But it’s important to know what’s causing the irritation so it can be prevented from happening again.
If the cut’s coming from your braces, try applying orthodontic or dental wax over the sharp area. If you wear dentures, you may be getting irritation from a piece of trapped food. Check and clean your dentures thoroughly.
In many cases, a mouth sore is caused by dentures that don’t fit properly and are rubbing as a result. Then the dentures should be adjusted. “Often, when people lose weight, their dentures no longer fit well,” Brodie says, adding: “Dentures should be monitored regularly for changes so you don’t get mouth sores.”