How to Treat Mouth Ulcers

Medically reviewed by | By

Update Date 12/05/2020 . 2 mins read
Share now

Most mouth ulcers don’t require specific treatment, as they will usually heal on their own within 10-14 days.

However, treatment may be necessary if your ulcers are severe, painful or interfere with your daily activities (such as eating).

If your mouth ulcers are thought to be the result of an underlying condition, you may need to be referred to a specialist so the condition can be treated.

Self-help tips

If you have a mild mouth ulcer, there are some steps you can take yourself to help your ulcer heal more quickly:

Use a soft toothbrush when brushing your teeth.

Avoid hard, sharp, spicy and acidic foods and drinks until the ulcer heals – stick to soft foods that are easier to chew.

Reduce your stress levels by doing an activity that you find relaxing, such as yoga, meditation or exercise. Read more about relaxation tips to avoid stress.

If your ulcer has a specific physical cause, such as a sharp tooth or filling cutting the inside of your cheek, it will usually heal naturally once the cause has been treated. If you suspect that a sharp tooth or filling has caused an ulcer, visit your dentist so that they can repair it.

Medication

If necessary, your GP or dentist can prescribe medication that may help ease your symptoms.

Some mouth ulcer treatments can also be bought without a prescription from your local pharmacy, although you should speak to your pharmacist about which medicine may be best for you. Some treatments aren’t suitable for children or for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant.

The main treatments for mouth ulcers are described below, although the evidence supporting their use is limited. These treatments also won’t stop you developing new mouth ulcers in the future.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Read also:

    Was this article helpful for you ?
    happy unhappy"
    Sources

    You might also like

    Tips to Get Rid of Bad Breath

    Bad breath is one of many reasons lead to unconfident. Usually, we might not realize our bad breath. But once we know it, it can be embarrassing.

    Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel
    Written by iqbal-tonjoo
    Healthy Living, Oral Health 02/01/2017 . 2 mins read

    Does Your Toothpaste Loaded With Toxins?

    We might don’t know but our toothpaste does contain an amount of toxic that could be harmful to our teeth and oral health. Usually, we just go to stores

    Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel
    Written by iqbal-tonjoo
    Healthy Living, Oral Health 30/12/2016 . 3 mins read

    Choosing a Toothbrush: The Pros and Cons of Electric and Disposable

    There are certain characteristics that you should look for in whatever toothbrush you choose, regardless of whether it is manual or powered.

    Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor
    Written by Tran Pham
    Healthy Living, Oral Health 10/12/2016 . 3 mins read

    Beat Your Smelly Coffee Breath!

    Coffee keeps us awake and gives us the energy boost we need to take on the day. But have you noticed your breath smelling bad after a cup of coffee?

    Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor
    Written by Tran Pham
    Healthy Living, Oral Health 03/12/2016 . 2 mins read

    Recommended for you

    first-aid-tooth-loss

    First Aid for Tooth Loss

    Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel
    Written by Phuong Tran
    Published on 25/05/2017 . 2 mins read
    Herpevir

    Herpevir

    Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel
    Written by Thao Le
    Published on 18/03/2017 . 6 mins read
    pemeriksaan gigi berkala

    5 Most Common Oral Diseases And How To Treat Them

    Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor
    Written by Tran Pham
    Published on 12/03/2017 . 3 mins read
    Are Juice Detoxes Actually Ruining Your Teeth healthy living nutrition

    Are Juice Detoxes Actually Ruining Your Teeth?

    Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor
    Written by Tran Pham
    Published on 29/01/2017 . 2 mins read