Aphthous Ulcer FAQs

Aphthous Ulcer FAQs

Posted February 2, 2015 by Wager-Evans Dental

burn Do you have an aphthous ulcer? You may have had, at one time or another. They aren’t very common, but they can be very uncomfortable. Have you ever had a sore in your mouth? Chances are you have. It may have only lasted a day or two then you probably forgot all about it. In most cases, mouth sores go away by themselves. Is there a difference between an aphthous ulcer and a mouth sore? Find out by reading the aphthous ulcer FAQs below.


Fact #1: Aphthous ulcers are inflamed lesions on the inside of your mouth.

Fact #2: One in three people develop an aphthous ulcer at some point in their lives.

Fact #3: In most cases individuals who develop aphthous ulcers are low on iron, folic acid, or vitamin B12.

Fact #4: Sometimes they may develop due to an injury to the oral mucosa such as a burn. 

Fact #5: Aphthous ulcers can be painful, and they can also feel as if they are burning around the edges.

Fact #6: These types of mouth sores commonly heal on their own.

Fact #7: Between two and 10 percent of the population experience aphthous ulcers, or ulcers that require medical treatment.

Fact #8: Avoiding certain foods and beverages–including carbonated drinks, acidic drinks, alcoholic drinks, salty foods, hard foods, and acidic foods–may help keep these types of mouth ulcers at bay.

Fact #9: Aphthous ulcers are commonly treated with a topical ointment. However, in severe cases a systemic medication may be required.

Fact #10: Women develop these ulcers more often than men.

Fact #11: These types of mouth lesions can develop one at a time or in groups.

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