Mouth ulcers, almost everyone gets them but what can be done if you have one and it is particularly painful or they keep recurring? This article takes a detailed look at ulcers, how you can treat them, how to prevent them and what causes them.
Generally speaking mouth ulcers are something which you can’t control or prevent, there are however a few things which exacerbate a tendency for mouth ulcers to develop, these are:
The good news is that ulcers heal on their own and quite quickly, within a few days or a week.
If you have chronic mouth ulcers firstly, take a look at the list above, is there anything here you can do to reduce your risk?
If you are doing everything you can to reduce your risk of mouth ulcers and still get them frequently and have multiple ulcers at the same time this could be a symptom of either:
No. However, if you have multiple mouth ulcers at the same time or continuously get mouth ulcers then it would be advisable to speak to your dentist or doctor as there may be a secondary condition which is contagious.
The key to treating mouth ulcers is to help speed up your healing time and not aggravate the area.
If I mouth ulcer lasts for more than 3 weeks, is exceptionally painful or is accompanied by additional reddening or bleeding then we recommend you visit your dentist or doctor.
Generally speaking all mouth ulcers are painful. If you have something which looks similar to an ulcer but is not painful then it may be something else.
Usually this type of ulcer is completely harmless.
Possible causes of painless mouth ulcers are:
Drinking alcohol in small quantities won’t cause or effect mouth ulcers, however statistics show that regular drinkers of alcohol are more at risk , particularly if they also smoke.
Drinking excessive alcohol is more likely to cause a stomach ulcer as it irritates the lining of the stomach causing it to become inflamed, this condition is known as gastritis.
Alcohol can also affect the bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth are in fine balance ensuring that food begins to be digested and that the pH level (acidity) remains under control. Alcohol (and smoking) can affect this natural balance of bacteria leaving your mouth open and susceptible to attack from the bad bacteria which are also present.
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