Marriott and Hand explain the risks of mouth ulcers, and why you may experience these more than other people in your life.
What are Mouth Ulcers?
Mouth ulcers or canker sores can be extremely painful and they usually appear as a crater sore (a sore that appears to have a hole in the centre). While generally these ulcers don’t require any treatment to resolve they can be extremely painful and could indicate something about your mouth as a habitat for bacteria.
There are many factors that can contribute to the creation of ulcers. Usually it will begin by you accidentally biting part of your cheek, tongue or somehow getting an abrasion on your gums. If an ulcer then begins it can indicate a number of things including:
- You’ve been eating acidic or spicy foods (and possibly too much)
- You may have traumatised the gum with something sharp or abrasive, such as the corner of a piece of toast
- A vitamin deficiency (such as B-12, zinc, folate or iron)
- Hormone imbalances
- You’re stressed
- You may have an autoimmune disorder although this is much rarer
Braces also put you at a higher risk of cutting your mouth which can mean you get more mouth sores than other people. The best way to prevent this is to rub orthodontic wax on the sharp parts of your braces whilst your mouth gets used to them.
Problems due to Mouth Ulcers
Mouth ulcers can make general dental hygiene duties painful, which can then increase your risk of a bacterial infection in the area. Even if it’s painful to brush and floss it’s important that you still do this thoroughly to reduce the amount of bad bacteria in your mouth. This will also improve your overall dental health.
Chronic mouth ulcers can also be a symptom of gum disease if this symptom is also met with sensitive gums and possibly bleeding gums. This is an extremely serious condition which your dentist will need to diagnose and manage as soon as possible.
If you suffer from chronic ulcers or other dental pain consult a professional
Marriott and Hand is located in Airport West servicing people looking for a dentist near Essendon and Tullamarine. We provide regular dental check-ups for many happy patients and can also evaluate your mouth for other problems such as gum disease and other problems.