"I have an ulcer!"
There are many different types of mouth ulcers. Your dentist will
be happy to have a look and offer advice. Usually, however, ulcers
heal themselves in about a week to 10 days, warm salty mouthwash,
or chlorhexidine mouthwash can speed recovery, Bonjela can help
ease the pain of a nasty ulcer. If you have a large or particularly
sore mouth ulcer, a red, or bleeding ulcer, or if you are suffer
from mouth ulcers frequently you should visit your dentist.
If you have a mouth ulcer due to loose dentures you should remove
your dentures and rinse your mouth with warm salty mouthwash. Make
an appointment to have your dentures adjusted. It is often helpful
for the dentist if you put the sore dentures in an hour or two
before the appointment so it is clear where the dentures are rubbing.
Adcortyl in Orobase is an ointment available over the counter
which can help ulcers resolve quickly. It is a topical steroid
ointment. This will be useful for ulcers on the inside of the cheeks
but not for the tongue. Dry the area where the ulcer is and place
a smear of the ointment on the ulcer and do not rinse for at least
Corlan pellets are available over the counter and are useful for
all mouth areas. Simply place the pellet on the ulcer and let the
pellet dissolve. Do not rinse.