Mouth ulcers are horrible things to have! If you have never had mouth ulcers, then let me tell you, you are one of the luckiest people in the world. They can range to slightly annoying to super duper painful. You can get just one little small one, or you can find yourself with a mouthful of very, very painful lumps.
Let me tell you a story.
In my younger years when I would go out for drinks with friends, I was a big fan of vodka and orange juice. However every time I had a night out I’d wake up in the morning with painful ulcers over my tongue. As a 19-year-old, I just thought that was what happened whenever people drank, and that must be why some people didn’t like to drink.
However chatting with one of my mum’s friends about it one day she said to me, “No, honey, that’s not normal. Have you ever thought it might be because of allergies?”
When I went out the next time I ordered some vodka and sodas and, fair enough, in the morning, zero ulcers. I had an allergic reaction to orange juice, which was causing me these mouth ulcers!
While this turned out to be a great way to treat my mouth ulcers – I discovered an allergy, and I know now to avoid citrus like plague, if you’ve determined that your mouth ulcers aren’t down to an allergy, then when they crop up you need to know how to treat them.
First up, you generally are more at risk of mouth ulcers if your immune system is not great. To prevent ulcers in the first place, your first line of defence is by boosting your immunity. You can do this by eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep and water. There is also a range of immunity boosting supplements out there, like vitamin C, that you can take to help boost your health.
Oral health is also very important when it comes to ulcers. This means you make extra care with your teeth, gums, and mouth. You can do this by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, too. Going for regular dental check ups is a must if you want to make sure that you are keeping your mouth in tip top shape. This is recommended about every 6 months.
Onto more treatment! So the best thing that you can pick up from the chemist if you have mouth ulcers right now is a tube of Bonjela. It’s actually used as a salve to treat babies mouths when they are teething but it also works quite well for adults who have mouth ulcers too. It’s sort of numbing so it feels pretty good in the mouth, and it’s totally safe for that use – hey if it’s safe for babies, then it’s definitely safe for you too!
If you’re in a fair bit of pain from your ulcers then you can also try taking some paracetamol or ibuprofen, just don’t combine the two of them together. For other pharmaceutical options you can always go in and have a chat to your local pharmacist, or if you’re after a prescription medicine you might like to chat to your GP.
Mouth ulcers aren’t something that is actually normal. Sure one here or there that isn’t too painful is what most people get, but if you’re finding that they’re recurring then it’s worth nailing down the cause of why they keep coming up.
It may be because you have issues with your oral health, it could be allergies, you might just have a habit of chomping down on the inside of your mouth when you’re chowing down on a meal, or it could even be an underlying symptom of some other problem.
My recommendation to you is to have a chat with your pharmacist, dentist, and GP to see what they think is causing you your mouth ulcers. They are not something that you should have to live with for the rest of your life.
While treating mouth ulcers is fine, you need to find out the reason why you get them. Your health is all you have – for the rest of your life, so you need to remember to take care of it to the best of your abilities. Keep in good shape and you will lead a long and healthy life!