Wednesday, April 29, 2015

If you have any of these LUMPS inside your mouth, READ THIS!


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What is a Mucocele?

Mucocele  (MYOO-koh-seal) - it is a SOFT LUMP in the mouth.

Why Do I Have It? (Causes)

First and foremost, mucocele concentrates on a small salivary gland (that thing that produces saliva which is mainly made of water, mucus and enzymes.)

Your saliva passes through tiny tubes also known as ducts.

When one of these ducts are cut, broken, or blocked - like when you repeatedly suck or bite your lower lip, or if you got hit in the face - the mucus pools at the affected spot and causes swelling  which is called MUCOCELE.

Symptoms

Mucoceles often appear on the inside of the lower lip, gums, roof of the mouth, and even under your tongue. It is soft, moveable, painless, round, soft, semi-clear surface, bluish, dome-shaped with the size of about 2 to 10 millimeters in diameter.

Some mucoceles are shallow while some lasts longer .


Is It Dangerous?

NO. Mucocele is a HARMLESS cyst. It often goes away on its own.

Effective Remedies and Removal

While they are harmless, still you cannot deny that they are bothersome, especially if they enlarge and makes it harder for you to speak. In case like this, NEVER EVER open it yourself. Have it checked by your dentist.

Two things your dentist will do:
  • Remove the mucocele through laser or scalpel
  • Marsupialization - this method helps a new duct form so the saliva will leave the blocked salivary gland.
Other options:
  • Steroid injection
  • Medicine applied on the surface of the affected area

Home Remedies

1. Warm Saltwater - this natural antiseptic helps remove mucocele in just a week
  • Mix  a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water

  • Gargle twice a day

  • Rinse with mouthwash
2. Honey (medical grade not commercial) - also contains antiseptic properties, this helps reduce swelling
  • Apply honey on the cyst and let it stay overnight

  • Repeat it daily until you see improvement
3. Alum (hydrated potassium aluminum sulfate) - it forces the cyst to break without manual removal
  • Coat the cyst with a small amount of alum powder

  • Let it stay for 15 minutes

  • Rinse

  • Gargle with a mouthwash for 2 minutes
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