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167 Nixon Street Shepparton 5821 2576
2-4 Katamatite-Nathalia Rd Numurkah 5862 0300

Mouth ulcers

The most common type of ulcer in the mouth are chronic recurrent oral aphthous ulcers. About 10% of the population get aphthous ulcers. While annoying to have, most aphthous ulcers heal spontaneously in 4 -14 days. Some people get scarring from their ulcers adn in a small percentage of cases ulcers can last for up to 6 weeks.

A long present ulcer should alway be seen by a health professional.

What causes aphthous ulcers?
As with many minor irriating characteristics is seems to be largely your parents fault! (About 40% of sufferers report a positive family history). People also blame deficiencies in: Iron, folic acid or vitamin B12

Diet
Although there are no good studies on diet and managing ulcers is seems that many people report and association with fruit, fruit jucies, acidic food, salty foods, tomatoes and spices like pepper, paprika and curry.

Healing ulcers
Some people find it is helpful to avoid using dental products that have sodiym lauryl sulfate. It has been demonstrated that SLS-free toothpaste significantly reduced the healing time and pain. (example - See the BIOTENE toothpastes).
Using chlorhexidine mouthwash or a triclosan mouthwash have been demonstrated to increase healing time.
Topical Coriticosteroids also can be used to manage ulcers. See more information on mydr.com.au

What else could my ulcer be?
Here are just some of the conditions that will be considered:

  • Infection.
    • Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
    • Herpes simplex or zoster
    • Hand foot and mouth disease
  • Gastrointestinal, mucocutaneous disorder/disease
    • Crohn's disease
    • Celiac disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
  • Oral cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Lichen planus
  • Traumatic ulcer
  • Burn

Mouth ulcers

Shepparton Clinic

Mon-Fri 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
Sat by appointment only
Sunday - closed

167 Nixon Street
Shepparton VIC 3630

Numurkah Clinic

Alternate Mondays 8.45am-5pm
Tuesday- 8.45am-5pm
Wednesday- closed
Thursday- 8.45am-5pm
Fridays- 8.45am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday - closed

2 Katamatite-Nathalia Road
Numurkah VIC

Goulburn Valley Dental Group

 

Our Dental Practitioners

Dr Sath Saranathan
Dr Geoff Woodhouse
Dr Raathika Raj
Dr Brodie Garth
Dr Kevin Lai
Dr Isha Pandher
Dr Neeshah Dahya
Dr Manpreet Kaur
Ms Hayley Emmi (Oral Health Therapist)
Ms Renee Church (Oral Health Therapist)

Visiting specialists

Mr Kevin Spencer (Oral Surgeon)
Dr Andrei Locke (Periodontist)
Dr Matt Filei (Endodontist)