Mouth Ulcers: Causes, Symptoms, Types, Treatment, and Prevention
Have you ever suffered from mouth ulcers? While they can feel really uncomfortable at times, you need not worry about them unnecessarily. Here is a brief guide about mouth ulcers to help you understand and treat them.
What Are Mouth Ulcers?
Ulcers are red or yellow painful sores that develop inside the mouth. These sores can develop on any of the soft tissues of your mouth, including your cheeks, lips, tongue, gums, etc.
Common Types of Mouth Ulcers and Their Causes
The most common reason for mouth ulcers is accidental injuries caused by biting your tongue or cheek. They are also called traumatic ulcers. Another common reason for mouth ulcers is ill-fitting dentures. Other causes include certain medications, chemicals, skin rashes in the mouth, bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, systemic illnesses and, rarely, malignancy. If you have more than one mouth ulcer that keeps recurring without any known reason, they are known as 'recurrent aphthous stomatitis.'
Symptoms of Mouth Ulcers
- Some of the main symptoms of mouth ulcers include:
- One or more aching sores on the delicate tissue that lines the inside of the mouth
- Irritation or bruises due to spicy, salty or sour foods
- Swollen skin around the lesions
- Problems with chewing and brushing because of the soreness
- Loss of appetite
Treatment for Mouth Ulcers
The treatment of mouth ulcers mainly depends on their cause. The majority of mouth ulcers are harmless and go away by themselves within ten days.
- Some mouth ulcers, like those due to herpes simplex infection, may need topical treatments such as a gel, mouthwash, or ointment.
- For large ulcers that are more severe and lasts more than three weeks, it is best to get the opinion of a Milton dentist.
- In some cases, you might just need a denture adjustment, or a sharp tooth smoothened.
- If you have mouth ulcers, you should avoid sour and spicy foods and drink plenty of water until the ulcers heal completely.
- Rinsing your mouth with slightly salted, warm water will also help to heal mouth ulcers faster.
Prevention of Mouth Ulcers
Use these tips to reduce the chances of mouth ulcers:
- Keep your mouth clean and healthy.
- Always brush your teeth carefully with a high-quality soft toothbrush without causing injuries.
- Eat a nutritious and well-balanced diet which is rich in vitamins A, E, and C, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Taking a multi-vitamin can also help you if you suffer from vitamin deficiency.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
If you suffer from recurrent mouth ulcers, contact our Milton or Shoreline dentists to eliminate the underlying causes today.