The two main components of what anatomists call the mouth’s roof are the hard palate and the soft palate. The hard palate is the flat bony parcel that composes the front part of our mouth’s roof, dividing it from the nasal conduct. The soft palate, on the other hand, is located at the back of the roof of the mouth, made up of soft tissue instead of bone. A number of reasons could make the roof of mouth become painful. It is a quite common discomfort, recurrent but generally not too insistent or intense. Besides, there’s a series of practices we could use to alleviate the pain.

What Causes Roof of Mouth Sore?


Hot Foods

We need to be careful when we eat in order to avoid aggravating or contracting roof of mouth pain. Eating hot food quickly can burn our mouth, which is a common cause of roof of mouth sore. Since our palate is quite delicate, it can be easily harmed by hot coffee, tea, or melted cheese in pizzas or lasagnas.

Treatment advice: Immediately cool the palate with cold water to prevent further damage. Give the burnt are time to heal and avoid spicy food. 


Mouth Infection

Bacterial and viral infection may cause roof of mouth sore. The mouth is a particularly good place for bacteria and virus proliferation due to its humidity and the accumulated food sediments. Common colds, sinusitis, tonsillitis and many other common infections will also make your palate and throat hurt.

Treatment advice: Turn to a doctor to do some examination. Antibiotics will be prescribed if necessary. Eat food rich in vitamin B and vitamin C help speed up the healing process. 


Cold Sore

Cold sores, often called fever blisters, are particularly unpleasant and usually causes roof of mouth sore. If you have a fever blister, although it will probably be painful or annoying all along the day, it probably gets worse when you eat because when chewing, you add more pressure on the sore; when eating spicy or acidic foods, this heavy flavor will irritate the sore.

Treatment advice: Cold sore may clear up on its own, but use antiviral medication like  penciclovir (Denavir), valacyclovir (Valtrex), famciclovir (Famvir)  and acyclovir (Xerese, Zovirax) can accelerate the process.


Canker Sore

If a tissue is damaged because of burn or scratch or if the tissue is exposed to bacteria, canker sore may happen. Compared to cold sore, canker sore is not contagious and won't appear on the lips. But it can be painful and cause difficulty in eating and talking.

Treatment advice: Canker sore can vanish in a week or so by its own. You can also ask you doctor to prescribe mouth rinse containing a steroid-dexamethasone, or an antibiotic called tetracycline.  


Burning Mouth Syndrome

Anyone who has ever gone through burning mouth syndrome will remember it. It’s a very unpleasant feeling that tends to arise after late meals. It’s characterized by a burning feeling that generally starts in the throat, and then the mouth and the palate, which can last for hours and even prevent you from sleeping.

Treatment advice: Baking soda paste and yogurt will provide help.


Mouth Cancer

Mouth cancer, a relatively rare case, generally appears as mixed white and red areas which may cause painful sensation. The risks of getting oral cancer for chronic smokers and drinkers are 15 times higher.

Treatment advice: Doctor will use X-ray (radiotherapy) or medication (chemotherapy) to kill the cancerous cells, or do surgery to remove the bad cells and tissues.

How to Deal With Roof of Mouth Sore

There are many ways of combating roof of mouth sore. Some are natural, others are not. You can choose from the following options:

Use Baking Soda

Baking soda for pain relief is an old, natural home remedy for everyone. In order to greatly alleviate the pain, baking soda should be applied over your palate gently. Do this 3 times a day for 2 or 3 days to cure your roof of mouth sore.


Eat Yogurt

Yogurt is another good option. Its cooling action is very useful for reducing roof of mouth sore, especially after eating spicy food. Besides, Yogurt can help relieve mouth infection and mouth thrush which may also cause roof of mouth sore.


Have Food Rich in Vitamins

Our mothers have always told us about vitamins, haven’t they? Vitamins C and B are particularly good at making wounds heal fast and pain vanish quickly. Vitamins assist our overall immune system, while helping repair body parts that are suffering any sort of problem, including roof of mouth sore.


Maintain a Bland Diet

Disregarding the cause of your malaise, foster a bland diet will definitely reduce your pain and improve your situation. Above all, try to avoid acidic and spicy foods, such as citrus fruits, tomato, tomato-based sauces, carbonated soft drinks, chili, and salsa and so on. These foods can greatly aggravate your pain.


Other Home Remedies

Your house is likely full of stuff that could greatly help you with your roof of mouth pain:

  • Gargle with cold or salty water, or eat an ice pop can provide great relief.

  • Drinking milk can soothe the painful mouth roof.

  • Simply chewing your food slowly will do its job as well.

  • Using a soft toothbrush and applying fluocinonide gel over the palate will help you.

  • OTC painkillers, such as acetaminophen, are very effective for alleviating roof of mouth sore.


When to Seek Medical Help

Even though roof of mouth sore can die out easily, you might want to visit a doctor if:

  • You have tried these remedies, but the pain is not eased;

  • Your symptoms persists for 2 weeks or more;

  • Pain is unbearable and/or spreading;

  • It has become difficult to eat or drink fluids.


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  • Diana SiskOct.11 20:54
    I have 5 sores in the roof of my mouth, and some on m lips; thinking I was allergic reaction to some new medicine I was prescribed, could this have happen?
  • Lena Taylor Sep.8 18:48
    Try Miralax just gargle with it. Sooths sores in the mouth a pharmacist taught me that trick and it works miracles.
  • Tanya curtis Aug.12 03:06
    i have a question. the roof of my mouth hurts and so does my gums. i can only eat things like soup and yogurt. i cant eat regular foods because it rubs up against my palate and my gums and it hurts. i went to the dentist and they didnt see any sores or signs of what couldve caused the problem. can someone please help me with this situation and you've had a similar problem. and no i didnt have spicy food nor did i burn my mouth with food fresh out the oven. please help me!
  • valerieMay.19 13:01
    If I eat something like chips or toast, once in a while I get a blood blister on the roof of my mouth. I recently got one, it wouldn't pop, it started to spread to the soft palate and toward my throat. It finally popped. It has been 5 days and it will not heal, it is SO painful. I have been using hydrogen peroxide and will try baking soda. Curious if you have heard of this happening often and if you have any other suggestions. What about essential oils? I use doterra and it suggests orange essential oil in water.
  • RONMay.29 00:41
    @ : You might think all that bubbling of hydrogen peroxide on your wound is its germ-killing action hard at work. And you'd be right. But that bubbling isn't just killing the bacteria in your cut, it's also killing your body's “fibroblasts,” the cells responsible for repairing the wound.1 It gets worse: [M]ultiple randomized, controlled trials — the best kind of research — show that hydrogen peroxide does not prevent or treat infections in wounds.
  • FreestyleFriday.tvApr.15 16:43
    I ended up on this page because I was eating yogurt and it seemed to be MAKING the roof of my mouth sore!
  • Vikki Mar.2 05:30
    Roof of my mouth is kinda sore and when I run my tongue on the top of it, it feels like there are little cuts there but I can't see it. It doesn't really hurt to eat or drink but I can feel it hurting throughout the day and I just want it to go away. I'm 19
  • Vanessa Jan.30 10:22
    I think that roof mouth blisters come when one's resistance is low. Take immune boosters and I tried putting some coconut oil mixed with tumeric powder. Also take it internally . It did help a bit.
  • LisaJan.23 00:10
    I always get this, from what I notice, I get it each time I over eat sweet. I also know now I am allergic to SLS most found in toothpaste ingredients. I used coconut oil doing oil pulling it help heals it. Until I eat sweets like chocolate or caramel or any sweet candies.
  • Vincent Leviathan Jan.15 13:54
    I'm only 13 and my palete sore because my pencil was in my mouth and I fell, is this really gonna be useful?
  • akrutiJan.8 13:17
    It is difficult to identify the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome by yourself. It is therefore important that the slightest discomfort be discussed with your dentist at clinics such as Dentzz. It could start with canker sores or ulcers in the mouth, which would lead the person to believe that the burning sensation in the mouth is due to the ulcer or the sore. However, doctors would generally look for sores, redness or swelling in the mouth. The pain would lead to the person feeling a lot of discomfort, irritation and burning. The possible probable reasons for this syndrome could be tension, depression, stress, fatigue, food habits, etc. Certain relieving agents could include sleep, cold food or drinks, or even a distraction. More than anything, the chronic pain associated with this syndrome can make it difficult for the person to lead a normal life. It can interfere with the normal life of the person. The pain in the mouth could last for days to months or even longer. Depending on each person, the treatment procedure would vary and therefore, it is very important to consult a good doctor for this issue. However, while the person is facing this syndrome, it is advisable to avoid certain substances such as tobacco, alcohol, spicy food, acidic food or certain substances containing alcohol as an ingredient. Read more here:
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