Monroe Dental Arts

What Causes Mouth Ulcers

July 20, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Har Simran K. Virdee
Mouth Ulcers | Monroe Township NJ

If you have ever had a mouth ulcer, you know it is nearly impossible to ignore because they can feel quite raw and painful. Eating can exacerbate the symptoms, especially when consuming spicy or salty foods.

While the ultimate cause of ulcers is unknown, certain exposures can increase the likelihood of developing them.

Ulcer-Causing Food Culprits

Certain foods can cause the development of ulcers under the right circumstances.

Spicy food
Acidic fruits and drinks
Salty foods

If you have an active ulcer, it is best to avoid these foods until it goes away.

Medical Conditions Causing Ulcers

Certain medical conditions and medicines can increase the chance of developing an ulcer. Dry mouth often contributes to ulcers and can occur with certain recreational drugs, painkillers, and cancer treatments.

Fluctuations in hormones such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause may trigger an ulcer breakout.

Stress impacts nearly every system in the body. Your delicate mouth tissue is no different. Stress can cause a host of issues and be detrimental to your health. Manage your stress and enjoy improved oral health in every system of the body.

Avoid Ulcers by Altering Lifestyle Habits 

Smoking introduces carcinogens and dries out your mouth, causing ulcers. Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco can dramatically benefit every part of your body.

Braces, dentures, and mouthguards all have the potential to irritate the tissue inside your cheeks. If you feel a rough spot on any of your appliances, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Monroe Dental Arts for an adjustment.

Any mouth ulcer lasting for more than three weeks needs professional attention. We welcome you to give us a call if you ever have questions about your oral health. Dr. Virdee is a top dentist in Monroe Township and welcomes new patients of all ages. If you are having an emergency, we are here for you.

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