You eat something spicy and suddenly feel a burning sensation at a particular point in the mouth. Surprised? It might be an ulcer that came up in your mouth. Read on to find out how to deal with mouth ulcers.
Like the skin covers the body; the mouth cavity is also covered by a protective layer. When this layer is damaged, it leads to the formation of ulcers which then hurt.
Mouth ulcers - causes and how to handle them
Causes of mouth ulcers
Burns after eating something hot
Severe vitamin deficiencies
Certain autoimmune diseases
The most common ulcers generally heal within 1 - 2 weeks and do not cause scarring.
What to do and what not to do when you have a mouth ulcer Do(s):
Use a medium to soft-bristled tooth brush
Use mouthwash for oral hygiene if brushing becomes too painful ( only till ulcers are present)
Drink lots of water
Eat soft foods
Apply some soothing gel
Eat spicy or very salty foods
Eat hard or crunchy food, such as chips
Drink very hot drinks, like tea or coffee
Consume acidic drinks, soda and alcohol
Certain over the counter medicines can also help relieving the pain.
Consult a dentist if your mouth ulcer:
Does not heal by itself in 2 weeks.
Is recurrent and keeps coming back again.
Increases in size.
Becomes more painful and red (the ulcer could be infected).
New ulcers show up at a different place.