Symptoms and Conditions
Mouth sores are common ailments that affect approximately 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. These sores, which can appear on any part of the soft tissue of the mouth, lips, cheeks, or gums, can make eating and talking painful. The most common types of mouth sores are cold sores and canker sores. Mouth sores can also be caused by certain medications and treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
The advanced cleansing properties of TRIOLOGY™ oral care products soothe mouth sores and help alleviate symptoms. When applied immediately at the onset of a cold sore or canker sore, TRIOLOGY™ can prevent a full outbreak.
TRIOLOGY™ may help alleviate symptoms associated with these conditions through advanced oral cleansing:
Cold sores are small, fluid-filled lesions that occur on or around the lips. Also called fever blisters, cold sores are caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) that is closely related to genital herpes (HSV-2). The blisters may recur sporadically, often in response to stress or a weakened immune system. Symptoms may include tingling, itching, or burning, followed by the formation of a small fluid-filled blister. The blisters may merge and then burst, leaving open sores that will ooze fluid and then crust over.
Canker sores are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissue of the mouth or gums. Canker sores occur singly or in clusters on the inside surfaces of the cheeks or lips; unlike cold sores, they do not occur on the surface of the lips. They can be extremely painful, and can make it difficult to eat or talk. The most common canker sores are usually small and oval shaped, and heal without scarring in one to two weeks.
Mouth lesions caused by chemotherapy and other treatments
Certain cancer treatments and other medical treatments can cause mouth sores, known as oral mucositis, that can be painful and distressing. Chemotherapy and radiation, which are intended to kill rapidly growing cancer cells, may also damage the cells that line the inside of the mouth. This can lead to mouth sores or ulcers on the inside lining of the mouth or on the lips. The sores may appear burn-like and can make it difficult to talk, eat, swallow, or breathe. In some cases, these sores can be so severe that patients are unable to continue their cancer treatment.
Gingivitis refers to inflammation of the gum tissue. The most common form of gingivitis, and the most common form of periodontal disease overall, is known as plaque-induced gingivitis and occurs in response to plaque on tooth surfaces.
Periodontal disease is a type of disease that affects one or more of the tissues that surround and support the teeth.
Halitosis (bad breath)
Halitosis, or bad breath, can be caused by poor dental habits and may be an indication of other health problems. Persistent bad breath may be a warning sign of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria, which cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If left untreated, gum disease can damage the gums and jawbone and contribute to other health problems.
Dry mouth (xerostomia)
Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate in the mouth. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by various medications, salivary gland problems, certain diseases or infections, or continuous breathing through the mouth.
Metallic taste disorders
Taste disorders can be caused by poor oral hygiene, as well as upper respiratory and middle ear infections, radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck, and exposure to certain chemicals, such as insecticides and some medications.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses, which may occur as the result of an infection from a virus, bacteria, or fungus.
Oral fungus (thrush)
Oral thrush is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of the mouth. Oral thrush may cause creamy white lesions, usually on the tongue or inner cheeks. Oral thrush and other Candida infections can occur when the immune system is weakened by disease or certain medications, or when antibiotics disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in the body.