Oral Ulcers

Mouth Ulcers are painful sores that develop anywhere in the mouth making eating ,drinking and brushing uncomfortable.

There is no definite cause of mouth ulcers.

Certain factors and triggers causing mouth ulcers include:
✓ Minor mouth injury from dental work, hard brushing, sports injury, or accidental bite.
✓ Toothpastes and mouth rinses that contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
✓ Food sensitivities to acidic foods like strawberries, citrus, and pineapples, and other trigger foods like chocolate and coffee.
✓ Lack of essential vitamins, especially B-12, zinc, folate, and iron.
✓ Dental braces.
✓ Hormonal changes during menstruation.
✓ Emotional stress or lack of sleep.
✓ Bacterial, viral, or fungal infection.

See your dentist if :
✓ Your mouth ulcer has lasted three weeks.
✓ You keep getting mouth ulcers.
✓ Your mouth ulcer becomes more painful or red – this could be a sign of a bacterial infection, which may need treatment with antibiotics.

Most mouth ulcers don’t need treatment.
However, if you get mouth ulcers occur often or they’re extremely painful, a number of treatments can decrease pain and healing time.

These include:
✓ Using a rinse of salt water.
✓ Using over-the-counter topical anesthetic.
✓ Using mouth rinse that contains a steroid to reduce pain and swelling.
✓ Avoiding hard,spicy,salty,acidic or hot food and drink until the ulcer heals.
✓ Taking nutritional supplements like folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and zinc.