Causes and Treatments for Sores On Roof Of Mouth

By adr.ian
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The roof of the mouth, also known as the hard palate, can be vulnerable to sores, injury, swelling and inflammation because of its delicate tissue. It's no wonder this part of the mouth is susceptible to such issues, considering what it has to deal with daily.

The roof of the mouth takes a large percentage of the impact from that first hot coffee in the morning and it comes into contact with food daily. Irritants, such as cigarettes, alcohol, infections, allergies and many other things, can cause sores on the roof of a person's mouth.


Bumps or sores on the roof of the mouth can sometimes occur after a hot meal or drink. One of the main culprits is pizza, which is why the phenomenon is sometimes referred to as pizza palate. Biting into a pizza can result in the hot cheese sticking to the roof of the mouth, resulting in a burn. Hot drinks, such as tea and coffee, can also have similar effects.

Those who encounter a burned palate can expect it to heal itself within a week. Cold drinks and soft foods may help ease discomfort in the meantime.


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