Mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores (aphthous ulcers), are painful, shallow sores that can develop on the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the inside of the cheeks, lips, or tongue. While they are usually harmless and go away on their own within a week or two, they can be uncomfortable and make it difficult to eat, drink, or speak.
What are the causes of mouth ulceration?
In many cases, the reason for mouth ulcers is unclear and can vary with every patient. Some common are as follows:
- Trauma or injury to the soft tissues of the mouth, such as from accidental biting, braces, or rough brushing.
- Certain foods, such as citrus fruits, spicy foods, or acidic foods, that can irritate the lining of the mouth.
- Nutritional deficiencies, such as a lack of vitamin B12, zinc, or iron.
- Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during menstruation.
- Certain medical conditions, such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or HIV/AIDS.
- Medications, such as chemotherapy drugs or certain antibiotics.
It’s important to understand that every patient’s treatment requirement can vary depending on their unique situation, if you have any queries you can book your consultation with our specialist oral surgeon.
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