I tend to suffer from mouth ulcers - how can these be treated?

Mouth ulcers are a common ailment of the mouth. Most people will experience them at some stage during their life.  

The main causes of mouth ulcers are: 

  • chipped or broken fillings rubbing against e.g. the tongue 
  • poor diet 
  • stress or even a change in the weather.   

Simple, small ulcers will usually heal within 7 days. However if you are having recurrent or longer lasting ulcers you should consult your dentist. The use of warm salty water or a mouth rinse can help with the discomfort. Similarly obtaining some medicated pastilles from the chemist may be useful. 

Try to avoid spicy or acidic foods or locally applied asprin as they may aggravate the ulcers.