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How mouth ulcers affect your dental health


Posted on 12/23/2021 by Henricksen Family Dental
How mouth ulcers affect your dental healthMouth ulcers are painful sores inside the mouth and are usually red or yellow. The main cause of mouth ulcers is damage by biting the cheek or the tongue with sharp teeth or by brushing hard or wrongly fitting dentures. These are usually called traumatic ulcers, when you have ulcers that keep appearing and disappearing they are known as recurrent ulcers. The traumatic ulcers go away once the problem is fixed while recurrent ulcers keep coming and going and mainly in children and young people.

Different types of recurrent mouth ulcers


Minor ulcers are common and they appear inside cheeks, on lips, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth. The ulcers are small and can be in clusters maybe five to six at one time. The large ulcers are severe and they take a lot of time to heal. The dentist will determine does the check-up if the ulcers go beyond three weeks. The large tonsils might appear near the tonsils and can be so painful when swallowing. The ulcers can appear in other parts of the body and ensure that the dentist is aware of them.

Can cancer cause mouth ulcers?


The cancer of the mouth might for the first time appear as a mouth ulcer. Ulcers that come with mouth cancer are single and last for long. If any mouth ulcer exceeds three weeks ten dental check-up is vital. The ulcers caused by cancer appear on or under the tongue but can also appear in other parts of the mouth. The cancer of the mouth is associated with heavy drinking and smoking.

What to do


If you have an ulcer that has taken more than three weeks without healing make sure that you have had a dental check-up. The dentist will tell you the cause and offer treatment or may arrange for more tests with a specialist. Visit us if you have persistent mouth ulcers and get professional treatment.

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