A mouth ulcer is an open sore which can be painful. They can be found anywhere within the oral cavity including the lips.
The most common causes of mouth ulcers are:
- Trauma e.g. irritation due to rubbing of a filling, a broken tooth, or orthodontic braces
- Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (recurrent ulceration)
- Cold sores (herpes labialis), commonly found on the lips or around the mouth
There could be some of the following factors associated with mouth ulcer(s):
- Trauma (mechanical, thermal or chemical)
- Iron deficiency
- Vit B12 deficiency
- Some certain foods make ulcers worse e.g. some types of chocolate, coffee, fizzy drinks, potato chips or spicy/hot foods.
- Certain medications, sometimes multiple medications
- And others
What it may need
- Remove the trauma e.g. remove the sharp edge of the tooth or have the broken tooth repaired
- Good oral hygiene can help prevent mouth ulcers. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing, and having regular dental checks (from $68) and hygiene cleans (from $90-180) at Gardens Dental
- A blood test can eliminate a deficiency
- You could speak to your GP to see if your medication is causing ulceration, and an alternative can be taken
Will the ulcers disappear?
- Most mouth ulcers last 7-14 days
- If the mouth ulcer has not gone within 3 weeks, please come and see me for a consultation ($68)