No one is 100% sure what causes mouth ulcers, explain the dentists at Goldsworth Road Dental in Woking, but we do know that they hurt. The inside of the mouth is one of the most sensitive and tender areas of the body. Mouth ulcers can catch on our teeth, rub when we speak, become inflamed when we eat and irritated when we drink.
Treating mouth ulcers
If ulcers are very painful, try gargling with soluble aspirin and avoiding anything that might inflame your ulcers such as hot, spicy or vinegary foods and hot drinks.
There are a number of over-the-counter treatments for mouth ulcers. While there are different brand names, the majority take the same approach, which is a gel containing analgesic.
Also make sure you maintain a good oral hygiene and health programme. Avoid using any products that irritate your mouth; use a softer toothbrush and try and find a toothpaste that is less abrasive. You may find that an alcohol-free mouthwash is good – or no mouthwash at all.
Regular dental visits also help because dentists can remove plaque and debris from your teeth to stop the build-up of bacteria that can damage your gums.
Mouth cancer and ulcers
Most ulcers heal on their own in around two weeks. However, if they haven’t gone away within three weeks you should make a dental appointment as mouth cancer can first appear as a mouth ulcer.
Ulcers caused by cancer usually appear on or under the tongue, but may occasionally appear somewhere else in the mouth. Mouth cancer is usually linked to heavy smoking and drinking. Doing both together greatly increases the risk.
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