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What is the treatment for gingivostomatitis?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Comfort

Unfortunately there is no magic medicine to make the pain go away and since the illness is caused by a virus antibiotics won't help.
Usually the sores go away in a week or so. In the meantime often cold foods (ice cream, popsicles, fruit smoothies) can help numb the mouth and make it feel better. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can also help.

In brief: Comfort

Unfortunately there is no magic medicine to make the pain go away and since the illness is caused by a virus antibiotics won't help.
Usually the sores go away in a week or so. In the meantime often cold foods (ice cream, popsicles, fruit smoothies) can help numb the mouth and make it feel better. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can also help.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Support care/time

Caused by a viral infection, gingivostomatitis can make it hard to eat or drink.
Eating is less important than drinking/keeping hydrated in the immediate. Acetaminophen helps; often Ibuprofen helps more. Fluids and soft foods - nothing salty, spicy, crunchy - go down easier. Sometimes (not always) certain prescription mouth rinses can temporarily help numb the pain to help them drink easier.

In brief: Support care/time

Caused by a viral infection, gingivostomatitis can make it hard to eat or drink.
Eating is less important than drinking/keeping hydrated in the immediate. Acetaminophen helps; often Ibuprofen helps more. Fluids and soft foods - nothing salty, spicy, crunchy - go down easier. Sometimes (not always) certain prescription mouth rinses can temporarily help numb the pain to help them drink easier.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Delitha Taylor
Dentistry

In brief: Oral hygiene

Practice good oral hygiene, warm salt water rinses several times a day, see your dentist for other prescription forms of treatment such as antiviral or steroidal medications.

In brief: Oral hygiene

Practice good oral hygiene, warm salt water rinses several times a day, see your dentist for other prescription forms of treatment such as antiviral or steroidal medications.
Dr. Delitha Taylor
Dr. Delitha Taylor
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Dr. Aaron Cregger
Dentistry

In brief: Patience and topical

Will clear up on its own in 7-10 days, you can use topicals such as orabase or ambesol to help with the terrible intra-oral pain involved.
Your dentist can also prescribe you a viscous Lidocaine to swish with, works great!

In brief: Patience and topical

Will clear up on its own in 7-10 days, you can use topicals such as orabase or ambesol to help with the terrible intra-oral pain involved.
Your dentist can also prescribe you a viscous Lidocaine to swish with, works great!
Dr. Aaron Cregger
Dr. Aaron Cregger
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Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry

In brief: Many

Gingivostomatitis (also known as primary herpetic gingivostomatitis) is a combination of gingivitis and stomatitis, or an inflammation of the oral mucosa and gingiva.
Treatment includes fluid intake, good oral hygiene and gentle debridement of the mouth. In healthy individuals the lesions heal spontaneously in 7–14 days without scar.

In brief: Many

Gingivostomatitis (also known as primary herpetic gingivostomatitis) is a combination of gingivitis and stomatitis, or an inflammation of the oral mucosa and gingiva.
Treatment includes fluid intake, good oral hygiene and gentle debridement of the mouth. In healthy individuals the lesions heal spontaneously in 7–14 days without scar.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dr. Richard Ruden
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