Alternative Mouth Ulcer Treatments: Could a Change in Diet Help?

There is no definitive scientific evidence to support a single cause for mouth ulcers (also known as canker sores). These small, raised sores can appear under your tongue, on your gums, inside your lips and on the inner lining of your cheeks, and are often quite painful – particularly when eating and drinking. It is widely believed, however, that some food allergies and intolerances can contribute to the onset of mouth ulcers, so it may be worth investigating whether some of the foods you are eating are exacerbating your problem.

Studies have shown that certain foods are more likely to trigger mouth ulcers. These include chocolate, cheese, strawberries, pineapple, tomatoes, coffee, peanuts, almonds, and wheat flour. A diet heavy in spicy or salty food may also be adversely impacting your oral health. It is more likely that a food intolerance provokes mouth ulcers than a genuine allergy. Allergies impact the immune system, whereas intolerances do not. Instead, intolerances tend to cause tingling sensations and irritation, which is why they are the more plausible culprit when it comes to ulceration.

Your GP or a qualified nutritionist can conduct tests which will help you to identify any intolerances and allergies you may have. Alternatively, you could experiment with an elimination diet (in conjunction with a health professional) to see if removing certain foods from your intake makes a notable difference to your oral health.

Hard and abrasive foods which can damage the inside of your mouth, or chafe your cheek lining and tongue, may also activate mouth ulcers. Analyse whether you are regularly damaging yourself because of a propensity for certain rough or sharp foods and decrease how often you consume them in order to mitigate the chances of causing an ulcer.

Mouth ulcers have also been associated with deficiencies in various vitamins and minerals, most notably B12 and iron. Adapting your diet to ensure it is rich in these, and all nutrients, will boost your body’s immunity levels.

Though not a food, toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulphate are thought to contribute to the onset of mouth ulcers in some people, so switching your toothpaste may be a simple change which helps.

If you’re struggling to prevent ulcers from occurring, there are many mouth ulcer treatments available to purchase from your local pharmacy or supermarket. You can treat your ulcers by using these to create a barrier over the sore to protect it from further irritation. Most pharmaceutical products for ulcers also contain properties which soothe pain and protect against infection.

By combining our Anbesol Adult Strength Gel with a few small dietary changes, you could make a much more effective impact to your mouth ulcer healing process. Want to find out more about what else could be causing your mouth ulcers? Click here to read more.

Anbesol Adult Strength Gel, for mouth ulcer pain relief. Always read the label. Not for use in infant teething.

References:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mouth-ulcers/
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/canker-sore/symptoms-causes/syc-20370615
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mouth/mouth-ulcer

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