Stomatitis. Like anything with “itis” at the end of it, sounds painful right? But what exactly is stomatitis? Definition: Inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, and roof or floor of the mouth. The word “stomatitis” is when your mouth is inflamed, simple as that.
Stomatitis can affect your cheeks, gums, lips, palates, and tongue. It is painful, uncomfortable, and has been known to bleed. There are three types that are common:
- Aphthous Stomatitis aka canker sores
- Herpes Stomatitis aka cold sores
- Nicotine Stomatitis
Nicotine And Stomatitis: What Is The Connection?
Aphthous Stomatitis could be caused by several things, most commonly is either an allergic reaction or poor hygiene. Herpes Stomatitis is a herpes simplex 1 virus. So, what is the cause of Nicotine Stomatitis? Nicotine stomatitis is common among smokers, as the name may give hint to, and usually affects heavy smokers and affects their mouths upper palate.
In addition to cigarettes being a cause of Nicotine Stomatitis, those who smoke cigars or pipes are prone to break out with Nicotine Stomatitis. When you smoke, the roof of your mouth is hit with a high concentration of chemicals and heat, both irritants. When you combine drinking hot coffee or tea with your smoking, you’re adding to the risk of Nicotine Stomatitis.
The risk factors for being diagnosed with Nicotine Stomatitis are those who have smoked cigars or pipes for a long period of time. And it is more common among men. While it could be hard to imagine somebody doing it on purpose, people that put the wrong end of their cigarette in their mouth are at a high risk of Nicotine Stomatitis.
Not A Common as It Was
Nicotine stomatitis is not a common condition as when more people smoked from a pipe. With the trend going from pipes to cigarettes, it has become less common. Today, there isn’t any research or study results that can give us a count of those affected by Nicotine Stomatitis.
Nicotine Stomatitis: Signs to Watch For
- Gray or white patches on the palate of the mouth
- Inflamed salivary glands with red or white dots
- Appearance similar to a “dried lake-bed”
The only way you’ll every be diagnosed with Nicotine Stomatitis is by smoking tobacco. Nicotine gum, nicotine patches, or electronic cigarettes have not been connected with Nicotine Stomatitis. It is only possible when heat and smoke have been combined, such as with cigarettes, cigars, or pipe smoking.
There is no danger associated with Nicotine Stomatitis and it is common for smokers to never realize they have it because it is not always painful or sore. Nicotine Stomatitis has not been connected with cancer either.
Preventing Nicotine Stomatitis is simple: If you smoke -quit. If that is not an option you’re interested in and you’re currently smoking cigars or pipes, then switch to cigarettes, electronic or traditional. If you currently smoke in a reverse fashion, you’re at a higher risk and switching to filter end smoking would be a step toward prevention. While Nicotine Stomatitis is not life-threatening, when you’ve been diagnosed with it, quit smoking for 2 to 3 weeks and allow the upper palate lesions to heal and disappear.