April 05, 2022
It is still unknown the origin of aphtha, but there is research that relates them to a genetic component. Another possible frequent cause is small wounds in the mouth, caused by biting or chewing very hard food, the use of brackets, or any factor that favors the appearance of these lesions: low immune system, stress, nutritional deficiency or gastrointestinal factors”, says Dr. Miriam Oscanoa, pediatric dentist at our clinic.
What is oral aphtha?
They are round or oval white or yellow injuries, surrounded by a red border. Aphtha are among the most common oral lesions, they are not contagious and usually appear on the gums, walls opposite the cheeks, lips and tongue.
What symptoms and discomfort can they cause?
Aphtha are very painful and can make it difficult for children to eat and hydrate properly. Sometimes, they are usually accompanied by fever, pharyngitis and swollen lymph nodes.
What is the treatment for aphtha?
In most cases, the pain subsides within 1 to 2 weeks. In the case of very large aphtha that cause a lot of pain, the use of analgesics, aloe vera gel, hyaluronic acid and gentian violet is recommended.
You should visit a pediatric dentist if you have:
Recurrent aphtha, which appear after the previous ones heal. Uncontrollable pain, high fever along with aphtha, and if you have sharp tooth surfaces or dental appliances that seem to cause the aphtha.
Recommendations of the specialist:
Dr. Miriam Oscanoa
Pediatric dentist at Clínica Ricardo Palma.