A Real Pain In The Mouth! Taking A Closer Look At Oral Ulcers

It may be just a small round or ovular-shaped sore, but an oral ulcer can cause a great deal of pain, often times making it difficult to even eat salty or acidic foods. These small abrasions can show up on your inner lips, throat, or gums and will definitely be a pain in your mouth that you wish you could get rid of. Here are a few of the most common questions you probably have if you discover that you have an ulcer in your mouth. 

What causes oral ulcers?

Oral ulcers can have a wide variety of causes, from everything as basic as irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth to severe and chronic illnesses. Therefore, it can take some time to track down the true cause of the problem unless you are positive the ulcer has resulted from recent trauma to the area. Extensive testing for diagnosis may include blood tests, saliva samples, and lab testing after a scrape tissue sample is taken. 

Can you catch an oral ulcer from someone else?

Oral ulcers are typically not contagious. However, the ulcers and abrasions that appear in the mouth that are caused by specific infections can be, but other conditions are commonly misinterpreted as ulcers when they are something worse. For example, the herpes simplex virus can also cause sores and abrasions in or around the mouth, and this virus can be contagious at certain points. If you have an oral ulcer or your partner does, it is best to wait for proper diagnosis before taking any chances on direct contact through kissing, in case it turns out to be the herpes simplex virus. 

What will treatment for an ulcer in your mouth involve?

Treatment for an oral ulcer can vary greatly depending on what the underlying cause is. If the ulcer is determined to be caused by trauma or abrasion, you will likely be given a topical cream by your dentist that contains medication to alleviate pain. However, if the mouth ulcer is the result of something more serious, such as a viral or bacterial infection, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics or send you to see your regular practitioner for further advice. 

The mouth is one of the more vulnerable areas of the body because it is not only open to receive bacteria, but is common residency for decaying food particles. If you believe you have a mouth ulcer and would like more information, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at a general dentistry clinic, such as Marc E. Segal, D.D.S., for advice. 

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FAQs About Pregnancy and Dental Health

During pregnancy, expectant mothers have to deal with a host of changes to their bodies. I was surprised to learn that part of those changes is to your dental health. I was not aware that hormonal changes could mean an increased risk of gum infection and other dental problems. Luckily for me, my dentist was prepared to handle any problems that I experienced during my pregnancy. I created this blog to help other expectant mothers understand the changes that their dental health could experience throughout their pregnancies and the possible ramifications those changes could have on their pregnancies and the health of their unborn children.



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