What are mouth ulcers?
A mouth ulcer is a painful round or oval sore that forms in the mouth. Mouth ulcers commonly occur on the gums or lips but can also be found on and around the tongue and on the roof of the mouth.
The lining of your mouth is incredibly sensitive and any break in its surface exposes the nerves that lie in and beneath it. Anything that touches them, whether it’s food, liquid or a toothbrush, causes pain which means it can be difficult to eat, drink and even talk.
Signs & symptoms
If you suffer from mouth ulcers regularly, you will be very familiar with the symptoms because they can even affect how you eat or talk, but as they can affect anyone, the symptoms to look out for include:
- A tingling or burning sensation prior to appearance
- Round, white sore with a red edge inside the mouth (less than 5mm in diameter), which is painful
- One or multiple sores
What causes them?
Minor aphthous ulcers present as a painful open sore inside the mouth or upper throat characterised by a break in the mucus membrane. The cause of aphthous ulcers (or canker sores) is unknown, but they are not contagious.
Mouth ulcers can last for a week or more unless the damage continues happening, in which case they will not disappear until the cause - for example, a rough tooth - is treated.
The other common type is a major aphthous ulcer, which occurs when someone is feeling stressed. They often appear for the first time during puberty and they can run in families. These can take a couple of weeks to heal.
Other more serious causes of mouth ulcers include herpes infection, inflammatory bowel disease and immune disorders, but these are usually accompanied by other symptoms around the body. Sometimes a deficiency in iron, vitamin B12 or folate is the underlying cause, so if you get recurrent ulcers or ulcers that are not healing, you should consult your GP.
How to treat mouth ulcers?
There is no actual “cure” for mouth ulcers. The aim of treatment is:
- To obtain relief from pain
- To speed up healing
- To provide you with a sense of normality
The range of treatment options for mouth ulcers includes:
- Antibiotic therapy
- Anti-inflammatory agents
- Immune modulatory treatment
- Symptoms relief treatments
- Alternative agents
Why Aloclair® PLUS?
Aloclair® PLUS contains NO ALCOHOL.
Aloclair® PLUS offers long lasting pain relief and promotes fast healing. It doesn't cause further damage to the soft tissues in the mouth. Aloclair® PLUS is hygienic, quick and easy to use.
Aloclair® PLUS has been designed with special applicators and nozzles for the different formulations.
Who is Aloclair® PLUS suitable for?
Aloclair® PLUS is suitable for all ages including children and babies4. It is ideal for patients with abrasions caused by orthodontic braces and dentures. The use of Aloclair® PLUS is contraindicated in patients with a known history of hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.