Believe it or not, it’s official. Oral ulcers are a symptom of coronavirus. Although not present in all cases, mouth sores are certainly becoming more frequent. As such, it’s something that you should be aware of so if it happens to you, you can take the proper steps.
COVID Mouth Sores
Mouth sores can appear as early as two days before other COVID-19 symptoms reveal themselves, or as late as three weeks afterward.
Redness and ulcers can be found throughout the oral cavity but commonly begin and are more noticeable in the roof of the mouth. They can appear as red, pin-prick like ulcers. Significant sores, lumps, and ulcers along the sides and top of the tongue are also a symptom of COVID-19. These mouth sores can cause difficulty speaking and/or swallowing.
How To Treat COVID Mouth Sores
As with all mouth sores, we recommend that you avoid acidic foods and drinks, rinse several times a day with a warm salty water, and avoid alcohol consumption or rinsing your mouth with mouthwash that contains alcohol.
Make Your Oral Health A Priority
If you notice a mouth rash, sores in the roof of your mouth, or multiple sores across your tongue, you should get tested for COVID-19 right away. As you wait on your results you should begin isolating yourself and let everyone that you have been in close contact with know what your symptoms are, that you got tested, and what your results are when you receive them.
Staying up to date on your oral health is very important. Call Sapphire Creek Dental, your trusted New Braunfels dentist, to schedule your next checkup.