Mouth ulcers treatment

Our mouths are sometimes like a foreign land. If you don’t look in there very often, you may not be familiar with all the bumps and grooves by site, but simply by the way your tongue fits against them. But if you get mouth ulcers, the pain puss and bump will be a change you notice immediately and mouth ulcers treatment will be put at the top of your to do list.

Mouth ulcers are sores that can appear on your inner cheek, inner lips, or gums. Unlike cold sores which usually show up on your face, they are not caused by the herpes virus. At first when you get a mouth ulcer, it will just be a raised and irritated area, but if you do not begin mouth ulcers treatment at that point it will eventually become an open sore that is relatively large.

Causes of Mouth Ulcers
There is no definitive cause for mouth ulcers. As we mentioned, they are not part of the same virus that brings us cold sores, but sometimes cold sores are referred to as mouth ulcers so this point can get confusing. Instead, these painful ulcers may be caused by an injury brought about by braces or an accidental bite. They also come about with stress, vitamin deficiencies, allergies, illness, fluctuations of hormones and even by an intolerance to gluten. In short, it is extremely difficult to figure out what caused your mouth ulcer—but then you are probably more interested in mouth ulcers treatment.

Mouth Ulcers Treatment

The first step in mouth ulcers treatment is to stop or reduce the pain you are experiencing. Dental creams that numb the pain caused by dental problems often work to stop the pain of mouth ulcers as well, so those may be your first step in feeling better. Because your mouth is a happy haven for bacteria, keeping the mouth ulcers free of infection is apriority. This can be done by rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash with antiseptic, alcohol (which works as an antiseptic) or peroxide.

To actually get rid of the sore with your mouth ulcers treatment, you might not need to do anything more than wait. Mouth ulcers generally go away after just a few days. If you don’t want to wait that long then you can try antibiotics prescribed by your dentist or doctor. For more aggressive cases, a laser can be used to close the sore which can stop the risk of infection and can speed up healing.

Going to the Dentist with Mouth Ulcers
If you have a history of mouth ulcers, then you may not need to see your dentist for mouth ulcers treatment. However, if this is your first experience with them or if you treat them at home and they go on for longer than a week, then you are likely not able to tell them apart from other, more serious problems. A dentist, however, will be able to discern whether you are suffering from a mouth ulcer or from a case of thrush (which is a yeast infection), an immune system disorder, canker sores, oral cancer, or a tooth abscess.

Your dentist can also tell you how to avoid these problems in the future by improving your oral hygiene, reducing the amount of gluten filled foods that you eat or dealing with a possible yeast infection. If the sore is caused by a tooth abscess or oral cancer, he or she can also determine what course of action to take next and how to best protect you from the more serious complications that stem from ignoring these two medical conditions.

Last updated on Apr 8th, 2010 and filed under Dental Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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