What Causes Mouth Ulcers?
Date: October 31, 2012 Richard Jones


The soft tissues that line the inner mouth are very sensitive, and can be damaged with even the slightest trauma or pressure. Mouth ulcers can develop when you accidentally bite on your lip or inner mouth, or when a specific area inside the mouth is bruised by direct force from outside; these mouth ulcers can be really painful and uncomfortable, and can have an adverse effect on the way you speak, eat, and even smile.

Knowing the causes of mouth ulcers can help you in avoiding the development of these painful mouth sores or mouth ulcers. While majority of mouth ulcers are expected to heal on their own in a few days to the better part of a week, it is still important monitor mouth ulcers that do not go away on their own – and those that do not heal even after a long period of time.

The Causes of Mouth Ulcers

Trauma – Force or pressure that is directed to the outside of the mouth area can cause the soft inner mouth tissues to be pushed forcefully against the hard structure of the teeth; this results to bruising and trauma in the soft inner mouth tissues, which causes mouth ulcers or mouth sores to develop. Mouth sores that get infected can also have pus, and may take longer to heal.

Poor Oral Hygiene – Improper oral hygiene can contribute to the development of mouth ulcers, as the presence of bacteria can result to the soft inner mouth tissues to be more susceptible to mouth sores.

Food Allergies – Consumption of food items that you are allergic to can irritate the soft inner mouth tissues, and may cause mouth sores to develop. The allergens can cause an allergic reaction inside the mouth, resulting to the development of uncomfortable mouth sores or mouth ulcers.

Hormonal Changes – Hormonal changes, such as those that happen with menstrual periods, can contribute to the development of mouth ulcers. Some women notice that they are more susceptible to developing painful mouth sores during their monthly periods.

Stress – High stress levels can affect oral health, and can contribute to the development of mouth ulcers.

Medical Conditions – Medical conditions that compromise the immune system can result to the development of mouth ulcers.

Do you have painful mouth ulcers? What have you tried to alleviate painful mouth ulcer symptoms? Please LEAVE A REPLY below, and share your experiences and comments with us!

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