What can be done about permanent aphthae?
In general, the inflammation should have subsided by itself after 2-4 weeks. As the pain is strong especially in the beginning, certain non-prescription drugs such as ointments or creams can relieve the symptoms. If the inflammation does not subside on its own, a doctor should be consulted to obtain immune-stimulating or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Furthermore, the consumption of very spicy or acidic foods should be avoided. In general, newly occurring aphthae cannot be prevented. They are not contagious and, at least according to the current state of research, have no common cause for their development.
Some people tend to get them more often than others. The predisposition in the family plays a decisive role in this. It is also known that the reaction to ingredients of toothpaste can cause the development of aphtae.
What can be done to shorten the healing time?
In order to shorten the healing time, immune-stimulating drugs or anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken. In addition, if the aphthae are in the visible area, ointments and creams can be applied which contain a spreading inflammation and accelerate the healing process. In order to reduce pain and swelling, home remedies have often proved to be effective, which should be applied to the corresponding area using a cotton swab.
These include camomile extract, tea tree oil, green tea or ginger. Homeopathic remedies can also help. However, the helping effect cannot be generalized.
Every person reacts individually to homeopathic remedies. In general, good oral hygiene is a prerequisite for a fast healing process. It is recommended to touch the affected areas only very gently or not at all with a toothbrush.
The pointed bristles can tear open the small wounds. This not only causes further pain, but also allows bacteria to penetrate the wound again and prolongs the healing process. Furthermore, not smoking can shorten the healing time.