Q14. How do you treat mouth ulcers?

A14. Minor ulcers usually disappear on their own accord without the need for treatment. Major and herpetiform severe ulcers will require some form of treatment which includes:

  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • Steroid mouthwash (only available on prescription)
  • Corticosteroids such as pastes, gels or sprays
  • Over the counter remedies such as Bonjela
  • Ice pack on the infected area
  • Home made mouthwash – pinch of salt in a cup of warm water
  • Vitamin supplement
  • Change in medication – if mouth ulcers are a side effect of that medication
  • Antibiotics

Mouth ulcers cannot be prevented but there are ways of reducing a recurrence. These include avoiding or reducing your intake of acidic foods, following a good oral hygiene routine, regular check ups at the dentist and reducing stress levels if necessary.

This is discussed in more detail in our treatment of mouth ulcers section.

Mouth Ulcers FAQs Index:

Mouth Ulcers FAQs

  1. What is a mouth ulcer?
  2. What is a ‘canker sore?’
  3. What is an ‘aphthous ulcer?’
  4. Is there more than one type of mouth ulcer?
  5. Can anyone get a mouth ulcer?
  6. What causes mouth ulcers?
  7. What are the signs of a mouth ulcer?
  8. Does stress cause mouth ulcers?
  1. Why do women get mouth ulcers more than men?
  2. Can you get a mouth ulcer from brushing your teeth?
  3. Do children develop mouth ulcers?
  4. Can you inherit mouth ulcers?
  5. Can you treat mouth ulcers at home?
  6. How do you treat mouth ulcers?
  7. Can you prevent mouth ulcers?

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