How to Prevent Mouth ulcers?

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Mouth ulcers are canker sore that appears inside the cheeks. They are painful as mouth ulcer cause the loss of inner fine tissues which make difficult to eat & drink anything. Often mouth ulcers are harmless and get cured on their own in 7 to 10 days. But if they last for long, please visit the doctor asap. Aphthous ulcers are the common type which is recurring in nature and most of the people get affected by them now or then.

Common Symptoms of Mouth Ulcers include:
1. Swollen small oval sores in mouth
2. Loss of appetite
3. Not able to eat anything due to sores
4. Tenderness
5. Difficulty in brushing & chewing

Causes of Mouth Ulcers are:
1. Fungal, viral & bacterial infection
2. Sleep disorder or stress
3. Hormonal changes
4. Teeth braces
5. Allergic to food, drinks or medicine
6. Lack of vitamins
7. Sensitivity to certain citrus food items
8. Accidental injury while brushing or bite on cheek while chewing food

Crank sores get healed and cured in one or two weeks by themselves. But if they last for long, are larger in size, painless, getting extended to other areas of the mouth or to lips, no natural remedy is working out and they are followed by diarrhea & high fever, then, immediately consult the doctor without wasting much time. Various Dental hospitals in Pune offer best dental medical services for this.
They can be easily diagnosed if they belong to the minor group but if they are severe then a proper medical examination is required to be done by the dental medical practitioner. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Pune is the best and specializes in treating these major crank sores.

A minor mouth ulcer doesn’t require medical treatment but is painful.It can be cured at home with natural healing remedies which are as follows:

1. Trying licorice, myrrh, echinacea, chamomile tea or damp tea bags of affected area.
2. Taking nutritional supplements such as zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and folic acid
3. Using toothpaste or mouth rinse
4. Application of ice on sores
5. Applying baking soda & saltwater
6. Try some commonly available medicines like Anbesol or Orajel

But it is always advised, “Prevention is better than Cure”. We can prevent these mouth ulcers by following some good food habits and healthy practices.
Mouth ulcers occurrences can be reduced by avoiding such food items that irritate the mouth and are spicy in nature. Avoidance to acidic or citrus based fruits like lemon, oranges, grapefruit or pineapple, and also junk food is advisable. Choose food items which are nonacidic, whole grains based, fresh & green vegetables. Try to eat well balanced and healthy diet full of multi-vitamins.
Follow the habit of chewing your food slowly and don’t talk while eating to avoid bites that happen accidentally in the mouth. Follow good dental hygiene practices such as brushing or rinsing with mouth after every meal. Have good sleep, rest and avoid stress.

A well-balanced lifestyle with the nutritious diet will not only help you to reduce the chances of these but will also keep you healthy.

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Dr. Nitin Oswal
Dr. Nitin Oswal completed his B.D.S. from Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Pune in 2003 & M.D.S. in the field of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery from Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College & Hospital, Pune ( Pune University) in 2008. He has a practice restricted to Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is a consultant at Sahyadri hospital, Inamdar hospital & Ranka hospital.
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