Diet Plan for Mouth Ulcer

Mouth Ulcers - also known as canker sores - are normally small, painful lesions that develop in your mouth or at the base of your gums. They can make eating, drinking, and talking uncomfortable.

If you frequently have mouth ulcers, it could be a sign of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Many drugs can cause mouth ulcers as a side effect.


Causes Of Mouth Ulcers

Most single mouth ulcers are caused by things you can try to avoid, such as:

  • Biting the inside of your cheek
  • Badly fitting dentures, braces, rough fillings or a sharp tooth
  • Cuts or burns while eating or drinking – for example, hard food or hot drinks
  • A food intolerance or allergy
  • Damaging your gums with a toothbrush or irritating toothpaste
  • Feeling tired, stressed or anxious

Sometimes they're triggered by things you cannot always control, such as:

  • Hormonal changes – such as during pregnancy
  • Your genes – some families get mouth ulcers more often
  • A vitamin B12 or iron deficiency
  • Medicines – including some NSAIDs, beta blockers or nicorandil
  • Stopping smoking – people may develop mouth ulcers when they first stop smoking

If you have several mouth ulcers, it can be a symptom of:

  • Hand, foot and mouth disease, which also causes a rash on the hands and feet
  • Oral lichen planus, which causes a white, lacy pattern inside the
  • Cheeks

Crohn's disease and coeliac disease (conditions that affect the digestive system) a weakened immune system from having a condition like HIV or lupus.

What Triggers Mouth Ulcers?

There is no definite cause behind mouth ulcers. However, certain factors and triggers have been identified. These include:

  • Minor mouth injury from dental work, hard brushing, sports injury, or accidental bite
  • Toothpastes and mouth rinses that contain sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Food sensitivities to acidic foods like strawberries, citrus, and pineapples, and other trigger foods like chocolate and coffee.
  • Lack of essential vitamins, especially B-12, zinc, folate, and iron
  • Allergic response to mouth bacteria
  • Dental braces
  • Hormonal changes during menstruation
  • Emotional stress or lack of sleep
  • Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections

Mouth ulcers also can be a sign of conditions that are more serious and require medical treatment, such as:

  • Celiac disease (a condition in which the body is unable to tolerate gluten)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Behcet’s disease (a condition that causes inflammation throughout the body)
  • A malfunctioning immune system that causes your body to attack the healthy mouth cells instead of viruses and bacteria
  • HIV/AIDs

Recurrent mouth ulcers require investigation into the overall health of the individual. Poor immunity, gut infections, methylation blocks and chronic viral loads all contribute greatly to the condition. Mouth ulcers are a sign of a deeper condition within the body that needs resolving, indicating lower immune function in the patient.

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