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Home > Health & Disease in Naturopathy > Oral Ailments > Stomatitis
Inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the mouth ia called Stomatitis. It is caused by infection and is very painful. Ulcers may form on the gums and the mouth, particularly between the teeth. Numerous germs are present in these ulcers. Simple ulcers in the mouth, however, come and go spontaneously. The disease is quite common both in adults and children.

Symptoms of Stomatitis are:
Due to severe pain a person suffering from Stomatitis is unable to take his meals. At times, he is compelled to remain hungry. On other occasions, he has to be content with small quantity of liquid food, which he gulps down with difficulty. He also feels pain and difficulty in talking. Other symptoms of stomatitis are excessive salivation, coated tongue, bright red mouth, irritability, vomiting after taking meals, reduced appetite and bad breath. The patient may also suffer from mild fever and constipation.

Causes of Stomatitis:
There are many causes of Stomatitis. The most important cause, which leads to this condition, is defective functioning of the stomach and indigestion. Poor oral hygiene and nutritional deficiencies are other main causes of stomatitis.

Treatment of Stomatitis:
As stomatitis generally results from toxic condition of the system, the treatment for this disease has to be constitutional. It should aim at improving the digestive system. Temporary measures will only suppress the disease. To begin with, the patient should be placed on orange juice and water for three to five days. The procedure is to take the juice of an orange, diluted with water on 50:50 basis, every two hours during the day. If orange juice does not agree, carrot juice, diluted with water, may be taken. The bowels should be cleansed daily with a warm-water enema during this period. If this is not possible in case of child-patient, a glycerine suppository may be applied.

After the juice diet, the patient should adopt an exclusive diet of fresh fruits for further three to five days. In this regimen, he should take three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits, such as apple, grapes, grapefruit, orange, pear, pineapple, peach and papaya. Thereafter, the patient may gradually embark upon a well balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits. The emphasis should be on fresh fruits, whole grain cereals, raw or lightly-cooked vegetables and sprouted seeds, like alfalfa and mung beans. The patient should avoid meats, tea, coffee, white sugar, white flour and all products made from them. He should also avoid condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods, soft drink, candies and ice-cream.

Certain home remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of stomatitis. The most important of these is the use of lemon. Taking a tablespoon of lemon juice daily before meals will correct the functioning of the stomach and help cure the condition. The patient should also gargle several times daily with lemon juice mixed in water. This gargle can be prepared by mixing 20 ml of lemon juice in 100 ml. of hot water.

Another simple but effective home remedy for stomatitis is the frequent use of a mouth-wash containing a teaspoon each of salt and baking soda in a glass of warm water. This should be used every two to three hours to keep the mouth as clean as possible.

The use of alum is also valuable in stomatitis. The patient should gargle with alum diluted in hot water. Concentrated solution of alum may also be applied with the help of a swab on the ulcerated spots. Other Measures

Other Measures:
Proper oral hygiene is of utmost importance in the treatment of stomatitis. The patient should carefully brush his teeth and gums so as to remove any foul material. He should also take multi-vitamin tables, especially those high in vitamin B complex.

This will aid in recovery. Other helpful methods include fomentation every three hours over the mouth, cheeks and jaws and hot foot bath twice daily. In case of hot foot bath, the patient should keep his legs in a tub or bucket filled with hot water at a temperature of 40 to 45C. Before taking this bath, a glass of cold water should be taken and the body should be covered with a blanket so as to ensure that no heat or vapour escapes from the foot bath. The duration of the bath is generally from 5 to 20 minutes. The patient should take a cold shower bath immediately after the bath.

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