ORAL ULCERS

Oral ulcers

oral ulcer
  •  Small painful lesions that develop in your mouth or on your gums. They can make eating, drinking, and talking uncomfortable.
  •  Mouth ulcers aren’t contagious and usually go away within one to two weeks.

    Some factors and triggers that have been found to cause ulcers:

  •  Injury to the mucosa or tongue - trauma or bite
  •  Poor orodental hygiene
  •  Nutritional deficiencies
  •  Stress
  •  Radiation
  •  Localised infections
  •  Diabetes mellitus
  •  Diseases such as Inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease (inability to tolerate gluten), or Behcet’s disease
  •  HIV/AIDS

    Management:

  •  Healthy balanced diet with reduced stress and adequate physical activity
  •  Multivitamins
  •  Local anaesthetic ointments to reduce that pain, so you are able to eat
  •  Maintaining orodental hygiene
  •  Local corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
  •  Remove the source of repeated injury to the mucosa resulting in ulceration