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Ulcers, Mouth


Ulcers, Mouth: Mouth ulcers are those annoying sores that develop inside the mouth. These small but painful sores occur on occasion and are caused by a variety of factors which include an injury to the mouth, stress or a medical condition such as iron deficiency anemia or Crohn’s disease.

Mouth ulcers are usually white, red, yellow or grey in colour and are inflamed (red and swollen) around the edge. Although mouth ulcers can be uncomfortable, especially when you eat, drink or brush your teeth, they are usually harmless.
 
Most mouth ulcers will clear up by themselves within a week or two. You only need to see your doctor or dentist if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than three weeks, or if you develop ulcers regularly.

Sores can develop outside as well as inside the mouth. Those that develop outside the mouth, for example on the lips, are known as ‘cold sores ‘and are caused by the herpes virus. These are highly contagious and can be passed from one person to another via kissing.

Prevention: To help prevent mouth ulcers and complications from them: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Get regular dental cleanings and checkups. 

You only need to see your doctor or dentist if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than three weeks, or if you develop ulcers regularly.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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