Mouth Ulcers

Mouth Ulcers

Mouth Ulcers

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Mouth Ulcers otherwise known as Canker sores can occur anywhere in the mouth and can interfere with our everyday oral habits. The common areas where mouth ulcers develop include:

  • Inner lips
  • Tongue
  • Gums
  • Roof of the mouth
  • Throat

Mouth ulcers aren’t contagious and are more common in women, adolescents and people with a family history of developing mouth ulcers.

The common causes of mouth ulcers are :

  • Any injury during a routine dental procedure
  • Sports injury
  • Vigorous tooth brushing
  • Extreme sensitivity to acidic foods
  • One of the common causes especially in women and adolescents is the deficiency of B12 vitamins, iron , zinc and folate.
  • Hormonal changes
  • Any bacteria, viral or fungal infections can trigger mouth ulcers frequently
  • Lack of sleep and emotional disturbance

Mouth ulcers could also be a sign of a more serious condition that would require medical intervention. For example:

  • Celiac disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Behçet’s disease ( characterised by generalised inflammation throughout the body )
  • Your immune system starts attacking the healthy cells in your body rather than attacking the invading viruses ( HIV/ AIDS)

Come and speak to us for a free consultation and oral screening if you suspect you could have a mouth ulcer. We can provide a suitable treatment plan and advice on how you can avoid mouth ulcers in the future.

Stress and oral health –  Stress is a common cause of many health problems and our oral health is not an exception. Stress may contribute to many oral health complaints like:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Mouth ulcer

Stress can also have an impact on your health and diet routine , increasing your risk of tooth decay. There is wide research on the correlation between stress and Temporomandibular joint pain – leading to popping and clicking of your jaw or the inability to open and close your mouth comfortably. We thoroughly understand the effects of everyday stress and it affects our general well-being. If you believe that stress is affecting your oral health, drop into our clinic and we can provide you with a comfortable treatment plan.