8 Ways to Treat Mouth Ulcers


Oct 16, 2012
Mouth ulcers can be a real pain, especially at this time of year when there are so many tempting edible treats around! Ulcers are small sores, which tend to develop on the inside of the cheeks and lips. Most commonly, they form after the skin is broken when you accidentally bite down or catch the soft tissue lining when you are eating or cleaning your teeth. In many cases, ulcers subside after a few days without causing any real problems, but they can sometimes be very sore, especially if you accidentally knock them when you are cleaning your teeth or eating something sharp, such as a crisp or a piece of crusty bread. If you have painful ulcers, there are techniques and treatments you can use to help to ease pain and promote healing. Here are 8 examples: Over the counter gel If you visit a pharmacy, you will be able to buy treatments for mouth ulcers over the counter without a prescription. The most common treatments are gels that can be applied directly onto the ulcer. Painkillers If you have a very sore ulcer, you may be advised to take prescription painkillers, which can be applied onto the ulcer. These are available in many different forms, including sprays, lozenges and mouthwashes. The most commonly prescribed painkiller for mouth ulcers is benzydamine. Antimicrobial mouthwash If your ulcer is preventing you from brushing your teeth properly, as well as causing you pain, antimicrobial mouthwash may be recommended by your dentist at Aqua Dental Spa. A mouthwash called chlorhexidine gluconate is commonly used to treat ulcers. This mouthwash helps to speed up healing, as well as helping to keep the mouth clean. Chlorhexidine gluconate does stain the teeth, but this is only temporary. It’s a good idea to brush the teeth before you use the mouthwash and to rinse with water afterwards. Corticosteroids Corticosteroids help to reduce painful swelling and accelerate the healing process. They are available in sprays, tablets and mouthwashes. It’s important to consult a GP or pharmacist before taking corticosteroids, as they are not suitable for everyone. Children aged under 12 years old should not be given corticosteroids. Soft brushing When you have an ulcer, it can be painful when you clean your teeth, so buy a brush with very soft bristles and take extra care when cleaning around the ulcer. Watch what you eat Certain foods may cause you discomfort when you have an ulcer, so it’s best to steer clear of acidic, sharp and spicy flavours and foods that have jagged edges, such as crisps and hard boiled sweets. Watchful waiting Most ulcers heal independently without any need for treatment, so if your ulcer isn’t causing you any problems, it’s often best to leave it alone and let the natural healing process kick in. Try avoid stressful situations Recurrent mouth ulcers are often linked to stress and feeling tired and run-down so try to avoid triggers, develop coping techniques and give yourself time to relax and get plenty of sleep. Incoming search terms: large mouth ulcer treatment