How to Treat and Prevent Mouth Ulcers
Have there been days in a row when you found yourself sitting for long hours working at your desk, having mugs of coffee, indulging in comfort food that is not necessarily healthy, eating next to no vegetables and feeling very stressed to meet work deadlines?
On such days do you notice how your skin feels less hydrated and more importantly, how hot your body feels? Then suddenly you feel a bump inside of the mouth and wonder what it is and why it is painful! You probably have a mouth ulcer brought on by body heat, lack of healthy food, and stress.
How does science define mouth ulcers?
Mouth ulcers (stomatitis) are small erosions in the lining of the oral cavity or the tongue. They tend to be recurrent. They usually disappear in about 7-10 days but can cause a lot of discomfort in the interim. Mouth ulcers are sometimes also called aphthous ulcers, canker sores, or oral ulcers. They are a relatively common problem, and there are many potential causes. The pain is unbearable. One cannot speak, eat, or drink properly.
What are the top reasons for a mouth ulcer
Emotional stress - This can happen when you are dealing with emotional conflict in your personal life or when you are feeling harrowed with tight timelines at work.
Local trauma in the form of ill-fitting dentures or a sharp tooth - When a tooth falls out due to an accident or your appointment with your dentist happened in a hurry, there can be sharp edges at the end of the teeth than can dig uncomfortably into the cheek inside the mouth.
Allergy to local applications like toothpaste - There are different kinds of toothpaste now available in the market like ones for sensitive teeth, herbal concoctions, toothpaste with teeth bleaching properties, etc. that may not suit every individual. It shows itself as evidence via mouth ulcers.
Vitamin deficiency, especially B-complex, folic acid - This happens when you do not eat your vegetables or when your food lacks variety. In these cases, you are likely to lose out on essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. A mouth ulcer is often a sign of this deficiency.
In women, sometimes in association with the menstrual cycle - This mainly due to the increase in body temperature, hormonal changes, etc. reflected in skin breakouts as well as mouth ulcers.
Hereditary and familial tendencies -Sometimes, this can be passed on to us by our genes and may need special attention to overcome.
Smoking - When you smoke too much, mouth ulcers may form as a way of eliminating toxins.
Poor oral hygiene- When you do not brush and floss daily or have tooth decay it can lead to mouth ulcers.
Alcohol - Consuming alcohol very frequently can lead to mouth ulcers as well.
Spicy food - Regularly eating spicy food creates an imbalance in the body resulting in mouth ulcers.
Drugs like antibiotics - Some people may have allergic reactions to medicines leading to mouth ulcers as a side effect.
Low immunity in any illness from TB to AIDS - When the body is unable to cope with any disease, even high fever, mouth ulcers can happen as a side effect.
Infectious origins like some bacteria or virus - A viral or bacterial attack can have various telltale signs, with mouth ulcers being one such symptom.
Tartar in the tooth surface - Plague causing bacteria can also create an outbreak of mouth ulcers.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.