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Here’s our guide about mouth ulcers and what you should do about them!
Mouth ulcers are sores that appear on the inside of your mouth, often causing some pain and discomfort. Most mouth ulcers will disappear within three weeks but some can be more persistent and problematic.
Mouth ulcers are red or yellow sores which appear on the inside of your mouth. Most of them are quite painful.
They are sometimes confused with cold sores which are actually quite different, appearing on the outside of your lips and as the result of a virus.
Whilst mouth ulcers are easy to identify there are several different types of ulcer that can appear in your mouth:
First some good news – most mouth ulcers will heal by themselves!
However, if an ulcer persists for longer than three weeks you should book an appointment with us. The dental team at Redmires Dental Care will examine your mouth, help to diagnose the problem and recommend treatment if needed.
Most of the time mouth ulcers are completely harmless, however they can be a symptom of mouth cancer.
An ulcer caused by cancer will usually appear on or under the tongue, but can sometimes appear elsewhere in the mouth. These ulcers are usually single and last a long time without any obvious cause.
It’s important to be aware of the signs of mouth cancer. If your ulcer has lasted longer than three weeks, it is always a good idea to visit your dentist to get it checked out.
Readers battling the pain of a mouth ulcer may ask this question! How can you prevent mouth ulcers appearing in your mouth?
The best place to begin is with a good level of basic oral hygiene. Keep your mouth clean and healthy by brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes and keep up your regular visits to the dentist.
If mouth ulcers are repeatedly appearing in your mouth don’t forget to ask us about it during your next check-up!
Your dentist may be able to help identify the cause of a traumatic ulcer such as a sharp tooth. If you’re frequently getting traumatic ulcers due to the way you brush your teeth you may want to change toothbrush. A quality toothbrush will reduce the risk of damage to your mouth.
You may also want to check your diet. Fresh fruit and vegetables are rich in vitamins and reduce the risk of both mouth ulcers and mouth cancer.
It’s important to take mouth ulcers seriously but if you follow these steps you have nothing to worry about!
If mouth ulcers have been bothering you recently, please book an appointment at Redmires Dental Care – we would be happy to take a look and give advice.
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