Painful sores that develop inside the mouth are called ulcers. Typically, they are yellow or red. They are not the same as cold sores, which are caused by a virus and appear on your lips. In this blog, we will learn about what mouth ulcers are, their symptoms, and the treatment advised at Lakeview, Chicago dental practice.

Which factors frequently lead to oral ulcers?

A single mouth ulcer is typically the result of harm from things like biting one’s tongue or cheek, cleaning one’s teeth too hard, or wearing dentures that are too small. We refer to these ulcers as “traumatic ulcers.”  The most common cause of many mouth ulcers is “recurrent aphthous stomatitis.”
How can I tell if I have an ulcer caused by trauma?

Traumatic ulcers typically appear on their own, are located close to the site of injury, and disappear when the underlying cause is treated.

Symptoms of Mouth Ulcers

Depending on the underlying cause, a mouth ulcer may present with one or many painful ulcers on the mucous membrane lining the mouth.

  • Red, swollen mucous membrane around the lesions.
  • Tenderness causes issues while biting or cleaning teeth.
  • Foods that are sour, spicy, or salty that irritate the sores.
  • Sores caused by mouth splints, orthodontic aligners, or dentures becoming inflamed.
  • An ulcer might not always be painful. When someone has oral cancer, this can happen.

Treatment for Mouth Ulcers

The majority of mouth ulcers are benign and go away on their own in 10 to 14 days. Topical therapy (mouthwash, ointment, or gel) is required for other forms of mouth ulcers, such as the aphthous variety, those brought on by herpes simplex infection, or skin rashes in the mouth. Although ulcers cannot be healed more quickly, they can have their symptoms controlled and the likelihood of complications decreased.

Mouth ulcer treatments include the following:

  • Avoid spicy, hot, salty, or sour food until the ulcers heal.
  • Try a medicinal mouthwash without alcohol twice a day, ideally one that contains chlorhexidine gluconate.
  • Sip a lot of liquids and keep yourself hydrated
  • Use an antibacterial gel on the sores.
  • Use warm, mildly salted water to rinse your mouth, and hold the solution in your mouth for up to four minutes at a time.

Mouth ulcers are a very common oral cavity problem faced by many people. It is important to educate yourself on the symptoms and treatment options available. Moreover, if you have persistent mouth ulcers, you should visit your dentist and get it checked