If you’re battling uncomfortable ulcers, let us soothe your pain with our expert care. Mouth ulcers are not usually a problem, but occasionally they can be very sore and if you tend to get ulcers on a regular basis, this can be a real pain.
What are mouth ulcers and why am I getting them?
Mouth ulcers are open sores, which tend to develop on the inside of the cheeks and the lips. Most ulcers form when you accidentally bite the soft tissue in the cheek or catch the tissue when you are eating. Mouth ulcers can also be associated with stress, illness and feeling run down and many people find that they tend to get them when they are tired or under the weather. Ulcers are usually blue, grey or yellow and they can be very painful, especially if you accidentally catch them when you are eating or brushing your teeth.
In most cases, ulcers are harmless and they heal of their own accord within 7-10 days; however, it is possible to buy over the counter treatments if you have a painful ulcer and we can offer advice about these treatments. If you have an ulcer that is healing very slowly or you’ve had a sore for more than 2 weeks, we advise you to see your dentist for a screening as slow-healing ulcers can be symptomatic of mouth cancer and while this is probably very unlikely, it’s best to get checked out to rule out any problems as early as possible.
Do I need to see a dentist?
If you have an ulcer that is causing you problems or you are getting ulcers on a regular basis, give us a call and book an appointment. We will do our best to ease any pain and try to reduce the risk of ulcers developing in the future.