Causes and treatment of mouth ulcers

mouth ulcers treatment

Sometimes, for various reasons, we suffer the painful and uncomfortable appearance of mouth ulcers or canker sores in our mouth.

Mouth ulcers can appear anywhere in our mouth. Either on the inside of the cheeks, gums, lips, tongue … but why do they appear?

Mouth ulcers | Causes, types, symptoms and treatment

Causes of mouth ulcers

Although it is true that it will depend on each person, there are some factors that can influence its appearance:

  • Broken or sharp teeth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Bite on tongue, cheek, lips …
  • Come into contact with food or drink at high temperatures
  • Cold sore infection
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Weak immune system
  • Stress
  • Lack of vitamins
  • It could even be a sign of suffering from another disease (rarely)
  • Some medications

Types of mouth ulcers

There are three types of mouth ulcers:

Herpetiform Ulceration (UH)
It is a type of canker sore very similar to herpes-related sores. However, UH is not contagious.

Minor ulcers
This variant of mouth ulcer can be between 2 and 8 mm wide. His pain is mild and goes away in two weeks.

Major ulcers
These are large ulcers. These take longer to go away and your pain may be greater.

Symptoms of mouth ulcers

Before we feel the appearance of a mouth ulcer, our mouth will experience a tingling sensation.

After this, canker sores are usually painful and annoying. These symptoms can be more evident during the ingestion of food, drinks or lack of hygiene.

How to treat and prevent mouth ulcers

In order to treat and prevent the occurrence of mouth ulcers, we must do the following.

Treatment of mouth ulcers

  • Avoid acidic foods
  • Avoid salty foods
  • Consult your dentist

Prevention of mouth ulcers

  • Have good oral hygiene
  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Use suitable hygiene products, without Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid very hot foods and drinks
  • Be careful while chewing
  • Avoid stress
  • No smoking
  • Reduce alcohol consumption

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