Most individuals will get mouth ulcers at some point in their lives. These are painful sores that usually heal quickly but can cause alot of discomfort, so it is important to know how to manage the pain so it does not disrupt our enjoyment of food.
What is a mouth ulcer and how does one get it? A mouth ulcer is simply a break or an open sore inside the mouth. It can also appear in the mucous membrane or on the lips or surrounding the mouth. It either looks yellow or white in colour and the size varies. Since nerves are very near the surface of the mouth, any break in the membrane exposes them easily to irritants and this is what causes pain that can make eating, drinking and oral care very uncomfortable.
Most individuals get mouth ulcers after a minor injury say accidentally biting the tongue or a knock with a toothbrush. It can also be because of certain foods, hormonal changes such as monthly cycle, stress and even nutritional deficiency such as vitamin B12, iron or folic acid.
How to mouth ulcers? As I have mentioned earlier, these usually heal on its own; by there are a number of products which can assist its healing process help deal with discomfort and irritation.
Pain Management It would be best to avoid certain foods until the ulcers have completely healed. These are: spicy, hot, very salty or sour foods, which are known to aggravate the ulcer and delay the healing time. Before you eat, try to rinse your mouth with very cold water. This will help reduce pain because of its numbing effect. This will make eating more comfortable therefore enjoyable. After you eat, rinse your mouth with salt water and swirl it round your mouth before your spit it out. There is also available anesthetic mouth rinse and gels, which can offer both pain relief and protective barrier over the ulcer.
Preventing Infection Check out any possible sources and get them fixed. These can include: damaged teeth, rough surfaces or ill-fitting dentures. Switch to soft bristle toothbrush to minimise further damage. Choose softer foods that are less likely to aggravate the ulcer. It will also be good to pay your dentist a visit to investigate underlying conditions. Antiseptic gels that help prevent infection, support healing and soothe stinging.