Health Care - Toothache and Mouth Ulcers
Toothache and mouth ulcers
Toothache and mouth ulcers are rarely a sign of anything serious, but are uncomfortable to live with.
Ulcers can be caused by a number of things, such as when the delicate, soft inside of your mouth rubs on something – like a sharp edge of a tooth, a filling, a crown or braces – or when you accidentally bite your lip or cheek.
Some people can suffer from repeated ulcers, which is thought to be caused by the body’s immune system reacting against the body. There is some evidence that, in some cases, the severity of ulcers can be made worse if a person has blood deficiencies – such as a lack of Vitamin B12 or iron.
Avoiding things that irritate mouth ulcers can both reduce the pain and speed up the healing process. Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid drinking acidic drinks (or do so using a straw). Eating rough, salty or crunchy food – such as potato crisps – can also cause pain, so they are best to avoid.
Bonjela products offer effective relief for pain, discomfort and inflammation caused by mouth ulcers. With active ingredients such as choline salicylate and cetalkonium chloride, Bonjela helps to reduce inflammation while easing pain. The gel is sugar-free and almost colourless with an aniseed flavour, so is easy and pleasant to administer.
Like mouth ulcers, toothache can be debilitating and can be caused by many things. Some of the most common causes are tooth decay, dental abscesses, loose or broken fillings and infection.
The best way to prevent toothache is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible and have regular dental check-ups. Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste are simple tasks which will help you prevent issues with your teeth. It is also important to clean between your teeth, so floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque.
For relief from toothache, take painkillers (like ibuprofen or paracetamol) or try Orajel Dental Gel. Containing the active ingredient benzocaine, Orajel Dental Gel is particularly effective for reducing pain associated with a broken tooth and teeth which may require a filling. The gel is also handy if you’re struggling and are looking to keep the pain at bay until you get to see a dentist.