How To Get Rid Of Mouth Ulcers
How To Get Rid Of Mouth Ulcers: Mouth ulcers can be very painful and irritating. In this VideoJug film, we show you how you can possibly prevent and treat mouth ulcers.
Hi, I'm Brian Halvorsen and I'm a dentist. I've been in practice for over 35 years and I've written a book about my principles on holistic dentistry, the book is called Great Teeth for Life. In this video, I'm going to talk about mouth ulcers.
Most people develop mouth ulcers, there are two causes; one is a virus Herpes simplex which about 50% of the population have within their systems already. When you get a big run down, this is when the likelihood of these mouth ulcers is occurring, and is often characterized by a little stinging in a certain area, often you can't see anything and then if you have some tomatoes or something acidic, it hurts a lot. And then you characteristically see the ulcer come out and really what an ulcer is, is simply that the top of skin has been actually taken off and exposes the most sensitive part of your gum or your lip, and this is why it is so sensitive.
Unfortunately, once an ulcer has got itself established, it normally takes about 12 days for it to go. If for any reason it goes on more than about say 2 to 3 weeks, then it is worthwhile seeing your dentist to make sure that it is just a simple mouth ulcer. The other possible cause of mouth ulcers are the fact if you literally scratch your cheek, inside your mouth or your gum and you literally traumatize the surface which then breaks down and basically has the same effect.
Is there anything you can do to prevent mouth ulceration? Well, I believe that there is. I mentioned about boosting your immune system and one of the best ways to boost your immune system is to take, say for example, relatively high doses of vitamin C. And what I found over many years is the people who take, say possibly a 1000 mg of vitamin C a day are far less likely to develop mouth ulcers.
It also can be a sign of zinc deficiency, so often if you take a well formulated multi-mineral vitamin supplement, then this will hopefully reduce your chances of mouth ulcers. Now, is there a way that when you know that a mouth ulcer is coming on that you can actually reduce it or stop it? There is actually, over the last, say 10 to 15 years, there are some antiviral creams that if you notice that stinging sensation and you just know that it is an ulcer coming on, then by rubbing the cream on this can actually often stop the ulcer in its tracks. However, if you put the cream on once it's formed, it tends not to become effective and then the only thing you can really do is look at things like putting on perpetuary bands like say Bonjela which in fact is a little bit of a local anesthetic, so it makes it sting less and it also has that gel to protect the surface from the friction of food and things like that.
And that's my advice on how to prevent mouth ulcers and also how you can possibly treat them once they start. Thank you! .