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What Causes Mouth Ulcers? How Can I Get Rid of Them?

September 23, 2017
Posted By: Dr. J. Jerome Smith
Preventive Dentistry Lafayette LA

Mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores, can be very painful and debilitating. They affect how and what you can eat and make your mouth uncomfortable. If you suffer from them, you know how unbearable they can be, and you'd probably love some form of relief! Your dentist in Lafayette, LA has some answers.

What are Mouth Ulcers?

Typically found in the soft tissue area of your cheek or lip, a mouth ulcer is a small lesion or sore that takes a few days or weeks to heal. They are typically painful the first few days, which begins to diminish as they heal.

What Causes Mouth Ulcers?

The causes of canker sores vary widely from patient to patient, and each case is unique. Here are some possible causes to be aware of:

  • Highly acidic foods such as citrus
  • Certain medications
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Genetics
  • Hormone changes such as pregnancy
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Braces

It may be on or a combination of these factors that cause your mouth ulcer.

Solutions and Treatments for Mouth Ulcers

A typical mouth ulcer that goes away in a few days may not require treatment. If your lesions tend to linger for more than a week, your dentist may be able to prescribe something to help accelerate the healing process. Laser dentistry can also help sterilize your lesion and accelerate the healing process.

Limiting your intake of highly acidic foods and beverages can also help to accelerate healing, or prevent ulcers from happening in the first place.

Are Mouth Ulcers Related to Oral Cancer?

Most mouth ulcers are harmless other than causing a lot of pain. They can however, be mistaken as oral cancer as sometimes the lesions have a similar appearance. Here are some things to be aware of when it comes to oral cancer:

  • Oral cancer lesions are typically discolored such as white or red patches
  • Oral cancer lesions are not usually painful
  • Oral cancer lesions do not heal within a couple weeks

Call Your Lafayette Dentist

If you notice a suspicious looking lesion that doesn't seem to be healing, contact Drs. Smith and Domingue for an examination.

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