Ulcers - a Pain in the Mouth
What causes mouth ulcers?
There are many possible causes, which is one of the reasons that these painful little sores are not that easy to resolve. One of the most common and obvious causes is a dental problem, such as ill-fitting dentures, sharp edges to the teeth, biting inside of mouth whilst eating, etc. Food intolerances may also contribute, so check for digestive disturbances.
Slightly less obvious is a problem with immune function, possibly caused by lack of sleep and poor diet. This can lead to oral thrush, which weakens the membranes inside the mouth.
Hormonal changes are known to play a part in some cases of mouth ulcers, so they may pop up repeatedly during menstruation or the menopause.
- Poor diet – junk food, eating on the run, no fresh fruit and vegetables
- Digestive problems such as thrush, constipation, indigestion, bloating
- Signs of low immune function such as frequent colds
- Poor oral hygiene, through lack of brushing or flossing
- Damage to the lining of the mouth through over-conscientious cleaning
If the ulcer is more than 1cm in diameter or has been present persistently for more than 14 days, you should always check with your doctor.
- Echinacea to strengthen immune function. Echinacea can also be used in the form of a toothpaste
- Vitamin B and C supplements
- Iron and zinc supplements
- Improved diet, including more wholefoods and fresh fruit and veg, and less processed foods and sugar
What to do now?
- Work on your immune system – get adequate sleep and use Echinacea
- Work on your diet – fresh, not processed