Which medicine is best for mouth infection?

Medically Reviewed on 1/13/2021

Antibiotics are the first line of treatment for a mouth infection. The most common medicines used for a mouth infection include:
Antibiotics are the first line of treatment for a mouth infection. The most common medicines used for a mouth infection include:

Some other therapies for mouth infection include:

  • Topical antifungals are given for 2 weeks, which are usually effective for uncomplicated oral candidiasis or thrush.
  • Systemic antifungals may be given to patients who are intolerant to topical antifungals or immunocompromised.
  • Antiviral therapy should be given to patients with oral lesions of a viral origin.
  • Over the counter (OTC) topical anesthetics.

Some of the common mouthwash used to prevent the symptoms of mouth infection includes:

  • Chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash
  • Peridex mouthwash
  • Periogard mouthwash
  • Paroex mouthwash
  • Perisol mouthwash

What are some of the common oral infections?

There are many types of oral infections. However, some of the most common oral infections commonly seen among various populations include:

  • Canker sores: It is characterized by small white or grey sores with a red border found inside the mouth or at the base of the gum. These sores are usually noncontagious. The exact cause of canker sores is unknown. However, experts believe that it is an immune system problem and bacteria or viruses may be involved.
  • Cold sores: These are fluid-filled blisters that erupt around the lips. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type I and are contagious.
  • Oral candidiasis: It is a localized fungal infection caused by the yeast, Candida albicans. It is of three types:
    • Pseudomembranous/Thrush: This type is characterized by white plaques inside the mouth.
    • Erythematous: A roughly symmetric red lesion in the tongue along with a burning sensation.
    • Perleche or angular cheilitis: It involves inflammation and small cracks in one or both corners of the mouth.

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How to achieve oral hygiene?

Maintaining oral hygiene is essential to prevent mouth infection. Some of the preventive measures include:

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for at least 2 minutes

Cleaning between your teeth or under the gum once a day with floss or an interdental cleaner

Cutting down on sugary or starchy drinks and foods right before the bed

Using an antiseptic mouth rinse to help prevent tooth decay

Visiting your dentist frequently for checkups

Regular tongue brushing or scraping

Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles look worn

Eating a balanced diet

Limiting in-between snacks

Clean your dentures at bedtime

Stay away from hot and spicy food when you have sores

Quitting tobacco

Replacing ill-fitting dentures or bridges

Refraining from the habit of chewing on the inside of the cheek

Drinking enough water

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Medically Reviewed on 1/13/2021
References
WebMD. Tooth Infection Treatment. https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/treatments-tooth-infections#1

American Dental Association. Mouth Healthy. https://www.mouthhealthy.org

Laceria E. Top 3 Medications to Treat Mouth Ulcers (Sores). Oral & Vision Health Blog. https://blog.solsticebenefits.com/solstice-member-blog/top-3-medications-to-treat-mouth-ulcers-sores