AN INSIGNT INTO ORAL ULCERS
Oral Ulcers are a commonly encountered condition in the mouth. They are usually painful and can happen to anybody at any time. Most of the times, they are non-contagious, as they are mostly stress or immunologically related.
Oral Ulcers can also occur as a result of viral infections and can even be highly contagious. Certain rare systemic diseases can also contribute to the development of ulcers in the mouth
Causes for Mouth Ulcers
The causes of Mouth Ulcers can be broadly divided in two:
Lack of essential vitamins, especially B12, zinc, folate and iron
Allergic response to oral bacteria
Hormonal changes during menstruation
Bacterial, viral or fungal infections
Minor oral injures from dental prostheses/braces, hard brushing, sports injury, accidental bite etc
Toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain sodium lauryl sulphate
Food sensitivity, especially to acidic foods like strawberries, citrus and pineapples, along with other trigger food like chocolate and coffee
Emotional stress or insomnia
How to get relief from Ulcers?
Mouth Ulcers are usually painful and cause discomfort, but they do not require medications, provided they are of systemic origin or precancerous conditions lesions.
Intake of nutritional supplements like Folic acid, Vitamin B6 and B12 and Zinc( if ulcers are of digestive tract origin). These supplements help fasten the healing process.