Ouch! What Caused My Mouth Ulcer?
The pain caused by mouth ulcers can range from annoying to incredibly painful, depending on their location in the mouth. Most of us will suffer from a mouth ulcer at some point during our lives and often times, they just seem to pop up out of nowhere.
So Where Do Mouth Ulcers Come from Anyway?
- Acidity - If you eat a bowl full of pineapple, you might notice a small ulcer forming in your mouth. Acidic foods or drinks can cause the development of ulcers and will usually resolve within a few days by switching to a more tissue-friendly diet. Certain fruits, energy drinks or soda, and spicy foods are the most common irritants.
- Dry mouth – Medications, age, and cancer treatments all cause dry mouth. Even tobacco use can reduce the amount of saliva you generate to keep your mouth properly hydrated. Avoiding smoking and treating dry mouth with a specialized rinse can improve the amount of saliva your body creates and reduce the likelihood of mouth ulcers.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco – Tobacco is filled with carcinogenic compounds that irritate your delicate gum tissue. Reducing or quitting smoking is a great way to prevent ulcers and improve your overall health. If you ever want help quitting, we are here to support you.
- Stress – It seems like stress can negatively impact every part of the body – your mouth is no different. Not only can stress cause painful mouth ulcers, but it can also reduce your immune response making periodontal disease worse.
- Braces – Traditional braces have some sharp points and can irritate your gum tissue, causing ulcers. Most patients adjust to braces after a few days and the inside of your cheeks will become accustomed to them. You may see a reoccurrence of irritation after each adjustment. Orthodontic wax can help reduce discomfort.
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