Treatments for Stomatitis

In our last blog we discussed Stomatitis (a sore or inflamed mouth), where it occurs, and the different types. Although it may sound like it refers to your stomach, stomat is actually Greek for “mouth.” While not dangerous or life-threatening, Stomatitis can be uncomfortable and can make it difficult to eat, drink, talk, and sleep. There are several different types of Stomatitis including cold sores, canker sores, general irritations, etc. Is each treated differently? Actually, treatments for Stomatitis do vary.


The good news about Stomatitis is that it usually lasts only about two weeks. You may be able to treat it if the cause can be determined. However, if there are no treatments you can still relieve the symptoms. Generally the following steps can be taken:

  • Avoid hot foods and beverages, spicy, salty, and acidic foods.
  • If your mouth burns, suck on ice, popsicles, or gargle with cool water.
  • Take ibuprofen or Tylenol to relieve pain.

Other Treatments

Treatment for canker sores is meant to relieve discomfort and avoid infection. The following can be helpful for cold sores and canker sores:

  • Drinking water
  • Rinsing with salt water
  • Using a topical anesthetic such as xylocaine or lidocaine
  • Using a topical corticosteroid such as triamcinolone for inside the lip or on the gums
  • Using Campho-Phenique or Blistex

If the sores are severe, treatments may include:

  • An anti-inflammatory such as Aphthasol
  • Lidex gel
  • Rinsing with Peridex mouthwash

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.