What are Mouth Ulcers?
Mouth ulcers are painful, pimple like sores that develop in your mouth. Mouth ulcers can happen on various parts of your mouth such as;
- Inner lip
- Inner cheek
- Roof of the mouth
These sores can sometimes hinder people in drinking, chewing or speaking. Mouth ulcers are not an alarming health condition and are neither transferrable. Mouth ulcers go away on their own in a week or half. If they don’t go away for longer periods, it is preferable to go see your doctor and clear out the air.
What are the symptoms of Mouth Ulcers?
Mouth ulcers appear to be as red and white bumps in your mouth. They can be one or many in numbers. And can be painful too. Here is a list of more symptoms you may experience if you have mouth ulcers:
- Round or oval blisters
- Red and white in color
- Inflammation around the affected area
- Swelling and soreness
- In rare cases, patients can develop low grade fever and fatigue
- Burning sensation while eating and chewing
What are the common causes of mouth ulcers?
There are a lot of things that can trigger mouth ulcers. Some commonly known causes are:
- Accidental lip or cheek bite
- Spicy and acidic foods
- Dietary deficiencies such as folic acid, zinc and vitamin B12
- Hormonal imbalances
- Viral infections
- Allergic reactions
- Tobacco and Alcohol consumption
- Family history
- Underlying medical conditions
- Braces or retainers
- Harsh bristled brushes or other oral hygiene products
- Over use of mouthwash
Treatment of Mouth Ulcers:
While mouth ulcers go away on their own, it is better to take preventive measures to speed up the healing process. If you have persistent ulcers, know what triggers them then try changing relative patterns. Here is a list of general measures you can take for treatment:
- Prescribed topical creams, gels and ointments
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Gargle with lukewarm water
- Depending on the frequency and seriousness, antibiotics can be one solution
- Pain relievers
- Avoid food i.e. spicy and acidic that triggers mouth ulcers
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Stress management
- Limit smoking and alcohol consumption
How can you prevent Mouth Ulcers?
- Brush and floss regularly
- Use a soft bristled brush
- Have a healthy and balanced diet
- Go for your dental check-ups religiously
While all of this information is true, it is important to check the frequency, seriousness and longevity of your issue. Make sure you observe the patterns which trigger your mouth ulcers. If you experience frequent recurrence of mouth ulcers which don’t go away easy, you might want to get in touch with doctors at the Royalty Dental Associates. We are an experienced cohort who will assess your medical conditions and refer best treatment as per your health history. Call us now on (281) 655-0500 for booking an appointment or other service related queries.