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You wake up with a painful feeling in your mouth. A glance at the bathroom mirror confirms your suspicions: A white or greyish blister with a red border has settled in your mouth. Reason to panic? Fortunately not: a canker sore is quite harmless. Nevertheless, it is uncomfortable, after all, an aft can be quite painful just like bleeding gums during flossing. How does it happen and what can you do about it? Here is an overview.
An canker sore is also called Lingua villosa. It can be painful, but fortunately, it is usually a harmless and not contagious condition.
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Mouth ulcers are white or greyish blisters with a red border. Mouth ulcers are about 2 to 5 mm in size, but can also be larger. If the latter is the case, the discomfort increases and the recovery time can also increase (normally 1 to 2 weeks).
Mouth ulcers can occur under the tongue, on the palate, at the back of the throat, on the gums, on the lower or upper lip, as well as on the cheek.
There is a wide range of causes for mouth ulcers to develop and it is not always clear what caused the problem. The most common causes are stress, hormonal changes, vitamin B12, folic acid and iron deficiencies, or side effects of medication.
Oral hygiene also plays a major role in the development of mouth ulcers. Brush your teeth twice a day, so what do you need to consider when it comes to oral hygiene? Ulcers in your mouth can be caused by wearing braces, cheek biting, bacterial growth in the mouth and brushing too hard.
When it comes to ulcers, tightening your oral hygiene can help. Daily flossing with the floss toothpick prevents food debris from being left behind and massages the gums, which prevents inflamed gums. Both sides of the stick can be used: you use the product as floss and as a toothpick. A tartar remover can also be a solution.
Eating sharp foods will make the pain worse, so avoid sharp and strongly spiced foods as long as the toothache is sensitive. Moreover, hot food can actually cause a toothache.
Mouth ulcers need time to heal, about 2 weeks. If you touch the abscess with your fingers in the meantime, you can slow down the healing process, because bacteria that are on your hands then have free play.
The use of a decent toothbrush is recommended. By choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles, you are not likely to brush too hard: hard bristles can cause mouth ulcers and even multiple mouth ulcers. The Nanoo bamboo toothbrush, for example, is completely aphthous-proof.
With an electric toothbrush you can be sure that you’re brushing really well. It gets into those hard-to-reach places and removes more plaque than a regular toothbrush. With the sonic toothbrush, you can use the setting you prefer. Choose sensitive if you suffer from frequent mouth mouth sores.
A mouthwash, as long as it’s alcohol-free, can help maintain good oral health. Alcohol mouthwashes dry out the mouth, which in turn can lead to mouth ulcers. Fleeck’s mouthwash strengthens tooth enamel, improves inflamed gums and helps prevent plaque.
Have you tightened up your oral hygiene and do you continue to suffer from ulcers on a regular basis? Then we recommend you to consult your doctor. The cause of mouth ulcers may be different.
Frequently asked questions
What are mouth ulcers?
A mouth ulcer is a white or greyish blister with a red border. Mouth ulcers are about 2 to 5 mm in size, but can also be larger.
What can you yourself do against mouth ulcers?
With mouth ulcers, it can be helpful to improve oral hygiene. In addition, it is important to give the ulcer time to heal. Avoid bacteria and irritation by not touching the ulcer and by using a soft toothbrush.
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