Mucosal Ulceration and Inflammation (Simple Gingivitis)

Mucosal ulceration and inflammation (simple gingivitis)

Temporary pain and swelling relief can be attained with saline mouthwash.

Use antiseptic mouthwash if more severe and pain limits oral hygiene to treat or prevent secondary infection.

The primary cause for mucosal ulceration or inflammation (aphthous ulcers, oral lichen planus, herpes simplex infection, oral cancer) needs to be evaluated and treated.

Simple saline mouthwash

½ tsp salt dissolved in glass warm water


Always spit out after use.

Use until lesions resolve or less pain allows oral hygiene

Chlorhexidine 0.12-0.2% (do not use within 30 mins of toothpaste)

Rinse mouth for 1 minute BD with 5 ml diluted with 5-10 ml water.

Hydrogen peroxide 6% (spit out after use)

Rinse mouth for 2 mins TDS with 15ml diluted in ½ glass warm water