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Mouth ulcers can be really painful, making it difficult to eat and enjoy food. If you regularly suffer from these sores, there are ways to manage them and reduce the rate of recurrence.
What are mouth ulcers?
Mouth ulcers are painful sores that appear in the mouth, often on the inside of the cheek, although they can appear on the tongue and gums. What happens is the mucous membrane tissue is eroded and forms raised sores that often have a whitish centre. Symptoms include:
- Raised sores.
- Pain, inflammation and tenderness.
- Irritation with certain foods.
- Difficulty eating and brushing teeth.
- Loss of appetite as a result of the irritation.
What causes mouth ulcers?
The sores are caused by many different factors ranging from trauma at the site to more serious disease-related problems. In some cases, the sores may become infected.
- Biting the inside of the cheek and causing trauma to the skin.
- Injuring the skin with a foreign object like a toothbrush or fork.
- Rubbing against braces or sharp teeth.
- Burns caused by hot food or drink.
- Food allergies.
- Poor oral hygiene.
- Gum disease.
- Oral thrush.
- Viral or bacterial infections and chronic diseases.
- Herpes simplex or cold sores.
Recurring mouth ulcers
About one in five people experience recurring mouth ulcers with no obvious cause. They often strike at times of stress, or for women around the time of menstruation.
If you are experiencing a lot of pain or have recurring bouts of mouth ulcers, it’s best to seek medical advice for a diagnosis. If the ulcers are caused by a disease or infection, they will require appropriate treatment. It’s very important to keep the mouth clean and stay away from food that may irritate the sores, like spicy or sour food. Your pharmacist will be able to recommend a treatment to best suit your individual needs.
It’s really important to keep up your dental hygiene, but steer clear of harsh mouth washes as they may irritate the delicate mucous membranes inside your mouth. Try to eat a healthy diet that’s rich in fresh fruit and vegetables to keep your immune system boosted. Avoid stress as much as possible and take a good B-complex supplement and vitamin C to keep your nervous system in check. There are many other supplements that will help depending on what your mouth ulcers are caused by – see your pharmacist for advice.
If symptoms persist or are causing a great deal of discomfort, please seek medical attention.