Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers

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.

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Mouth ulcers: Types, causes, symptoms, and treatment

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  • Most mouth ulcers are recurring nuisances that are benign.
  • Quitting smoking and acidic foods can aggravate mouth ulcers.
  • It is important to note that a doctor or dentist should examine any new ulcer and any ulcer lasting longer than 3 weeks.
  • For most people, mouth ulcers will clear up within 2 weeks.

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  • Benign mouth ulcers are often painful whereas mouth cancer is not.
  • Benign ulcers will clear up in about 2 weeks, whereas mouth cancer will not go away and will often spread.
  • Mouth cancer patches may be rough, hard, and not easy to scrape off.
  • Mouth cancer is often a mix of red and white areas or large white areas that appear on the tongue, the back of the mouth, the gums, or on the cheeks.
  • Mouth cancer is often linked to heavy drinking or tobacco use.

In many cases, the pain and discomfort from mouth ulcers will lessen in a few days and then disappear in about 2 weeks with no need for treatment.

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  • A healthy balanced diet
  • Adopting stress reducing techniques and having adequate sleep
  • talking to a doctor about changing medications that are known to cause ulcers
  • avoiding foods that can either trigger or worsen symptoms
  • keeping the mouth clean with daily brushing and flossing
  • avoiding triggers known to cause outbreaks in the past

There are some medications in the form of ointments and solutions that may help with pain and swelling, but these are often not necessary for a person to make a full recovery.

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