Mouth ulcers are painful areas in the mouth and gums. They are also known as canker sores.
While mostly harmless, mouth ulcers can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult for some people to eat, drink, and brush their teeth.
Mouth ulcers range in size, and the exact symptoms of the mouth ulcer will depend on what type of ulcer a person has.
Ulcers can be painful, and the pain can be made worse by food, drink, and poor oral hygiene.
HU lesions may:
- appear as extremely painful ulcers in the mouth
- recur very quickly, so infections seem continuous
- increase in size, eventually coming together to form a large, ragged ulcer
- take 10 or more days to heal
- appear anywhere in the mouth
They tend to be found in more females than males and are more common in older adults.
Symptoms of minor and major ulcers include:
- one or more painful sores that may appear on the cheeks, the roof of the mouth, or the tongue
- the appearance of round lesions that have red edges and are yellow, white, or gray in the middle
During more extreme outbreaks of mouth ulcers, some people may experience fever, sluggishness, and swollen glands.
The exact cause of mouth ulcers is still not known and varies from person-to-person. Still, there are some common causes and several factors that may aggravate mouth ulcers, including the following:
- quitting smoking
- citrus fruits and other foods high in acidity or spice
- biting the tongue or inside of the cheek
- braces, poor-fitting dentures, and other apparatus that may rub against the mouth and gums
- a deficient filling
- stressor anxiety
- hormonal changes during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
- medications including beta-blockersand pain killers
- genetic factors
Some people may develop ulcers as a result of a different medical condition or a nutritional deficiency.
Conditions such as celiac or Crohn’s disease, vitamin B12 or iron deficiency, or a weakened immune system may all trigger ulcers to form.
Most mouth ulcers don’t need treatment. However, if you get mouth ulcers often or they’re extremely painful, a number of treatments can decrease pain and healing time. These include:
- using a rinse of saltwater and baking soda
- placing milk of magnesiaon the mouth ulcer
- covering mouth ulcers with baking soda paste
- using over-the-counter benzocaine (topical anesthetic) products like Orajelor Anbesol
- applying ice to canker sores
- using a mouth rinse that contains a steroid to reduce pain and swelling
- using topical pastes
- placing damp tea bags on your mouth ulcer
- taking nutritional supplements like folic acid, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, and zinc
- trying natural remedies such as chamomile tea, echinacea, myrrh, and licoriceroot
If you had tried various conventional treatments, and still do not have any improvement. There are possibilities that you might have heavy metal accumulated in your body.
Our doctor begin by identifying the underlying cause of your Mouth Ulcer, followed by a metal test, before putting together a suitable treatment plan.