Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Mouth ulcers (stomatitis) are small erosions in the lining of the oral cavity or the tongue. They tend to be recurrent. They usually tend to disappear in about 7-10 days but cause a lot of discomfort. Mouth ulcer is also called an aphthous ulcer, canker sore, or an oral ulcer and is a relative common problem, so there are many causes for this ulces. The pain is unbearable. One cannot speak, eat, or drink properly.

  1. Emotional stress.
  2. Local trauma in the form of ill-fitting dentures or a sharp tooth.
  3. Allergy to local applications like toothpaste.
  4. Vitamin deficiency, especially B-complex, folic acid.
  5. In females, sometime in association with menstrual cycle.
  6. Hereditary, familial tendencies are also seen.
  7. Smoking.
  8. Poor oral hygiene such as not brushing teeth regularly.
  9. Alcohol.
  10. Spicy food.
  11. Drugs like antibiotics.
  12. Low immunity in any illness from TB to AIDS.
  13. Infectious origin like some bacteria or virus.
  14. Tartar in tooth surface.

  1. Tiny shallow erosions in the lining of the mouth or on the tongue.
  2. The base may be white or grey in color.
  3. Increased salivation.
  4. Pain, burning sensation especially on contact with food or water.
  5. There may be bleeding from the ulcers.
  6. Mild fever if infection is the cause.
  7. Bad odor from the mouth.
  1. Maintain oral hygiene.
  2. Brush teeth at least twice a day.
  3. Do not brush too vigorously and use a soft toothbrush.
  4. Clean the tongue regularly but not harshly. Use toothpaste, mouthwash which suits you, if you feel you are getting the problem due to it, change it. You may be allergic to it.
  5. Visit your dentist if you have a sharp tooth or a denture, which doesn't fit well.
  6. Avoid mental stress. Learn to relax and deal with stress.
  7. Avoid spicy hot food, alcohol, and smoking.
  8. Avoid self medication with antibiotics.
  9. Vitamin B complex and folic acid supplement will help.
  10. Have a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, cereals.
  11. You can use a cool mouthwash for temporary relief of pain.
  12. Consult your doctor if the ulcers bleed a lot.
  • Take two teaspoonful of honey and gargle it for a while and swallow or spit out (diabetic patients are not allowed to swallow honey). Do it twice a day for two to three days and it will be cured.
  • To keep on drinking water again and again so that my mouth would not be dry for a single second. 
Even though mouth ulcers are gastric in origin, in order to heal the ulcer, the above remedy will help you in curing the symptoms.


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