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Should you worry about mouth ulcers?

Incorrectly fitted dentures, fractured teeth, braces, fillings or biting your cheek or tongue are the most common, “mechanical” causes of mouth ulcers. The damaged tissue in one’s mouth usually restores itself within a week after removal of the cause.

How can I get rid of mouth ulcers at home?

When mouth ulcers are not very painful and disturbing, you may try some home remedies to cure them. A simple solution such as rinsing your mouth with salt water can be very helpful. If the ulcer is causing discomfort you can use Gengigel, a topical gel that forms a barrier over the ulcer to protect the site and hyaluronic acid to speed up the healing process.

What should I do when the condition is chronic?

When you are struggling with ulcers for longer than 3 weeks, it may be a sign of microbial disease, cutaneous disease, blood disorders or other serious health problems. It has not been clearly determined what causes mouth ulcers, but most theories involve an immune abnormality. It has been estimated that 17% of the population has recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Ulcer sufferers usually have between two and six ulcers per episode and such episodes recur up to several times each year. At this point it is necessary to visit a dental professional for a properly diagnosed.

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