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9 November 2021


Mouth ulcers are small, painful lesions developed in the mouth, usually at the base of your gums. These are also known as canker sores that cause discomfort in eating, chewing, speaking and drinking. Mouth sores are small but uncomfortable lesions on the lips, cheeks, tongue, esophagus and the floor of the mouth. Mouth ulcers range in size and are usually small but painful. These sores usually go away within two weeks but if the sores do not cure even after two weeks, get them treated at the clinic.  



Mouth ulcers are caused due to several reasons like 

  • Biting your tongue, lips or inner cheeks while having food 
  • Burning your tongue and mouth 
  • Minor injury in the mouth due to hard brushing  
  • Injury in the mouth due to accidents 
  • Dentures or braces create discomfort in the mouth 
  • Toothpaste & mouth rinses that contain sodium lauryl sulfate  
  • Hormonal changes during menstruation 
  • Having food sensitivities to acidic foods  
  • Lack of essential vitamins like B-12, zinc and iron  
  • Allergic response to oral bacteria & infections   
  • Emotional stress and lack of sleep 
  • Chewing tobacco & smoking 
  • Autoimmune disorders 
  • Cancer 



Mouth ulcers and sores can be visibly seen but in the early stage, you start experiencing the following symptoms. 

  • One or more painful sores on the skin lining the mouth & below the gums 
  • Swollen and discolored skin around the sores 
  • Brushing the teeth becomes painful because of the tender skin 
  • Difficulty in chewing the food 
  • Irritation while eating salty, spicy or sour foods 
  • Loss of appetite 

There are some recurring ulcers like Aphthous ulcers that are caused due to an underlying Vitamin B, folate or iron deficiency. Though these ulcers are usually no larger than 5mm, these sores affect around 20% of the population.  




  • Take the utmost care of your mouth and follow a good dental hygiene routine to heal the ulcers at the earliest 
  • Avoid spicy and sour foods until the ulcers heal 
  • Drink plenty of fluids & keep your mouth hydrated  
  • Keep your mouth clean using an alcohol-free antimicrobial mouthwash 
  • Apply antiseptic gel to the ulcers for better relief 
  • Use a rinse of saltwater and baking soda  
  • Cover mouth ulcers with baking soda paste  
  • Applying ice to canker sores  
  • Place damp tea bags on your mouth ulcer 




  • Mouth ulcers can be prevented by following a few steps. 
  • Eat a well-balanced diet  
  • Avoid spicy foods and foods that your mouth is allergic to 
  • Take a daily multivitamin to meet the vitamin deficiency requirements 
  • Avoid talking while chewing your food to prevent accidental bites of tongue, lips and cheeks 
  • Avoid stress, anxiety & have a good sleep  
  • Follow a good oral hygiene routine 


Try these treatment methods at home, and if your mouth sores do not cure within 14 days or there are visible white patches in the mouth, and the sores keep increasing, visit our clinic, The Elite Dental Care, the best dental clinic in Tracy, California. We will examine the ulcer and find whether the sores are cancerous, and provide the best treatment for quick recovery.