Ulcer Advice

Although painful, most ulcers will heal within 7-10 days. Non-healing ulcers/oral lesions present for more than 3 weeks should be assessed by a dentist or doctor.

Healing can be improved with home methods:

  • Warm salty mouthwash
  • Excellent cleaning (even if it is painful to brush, the mouth must be kept clean to encourage healing and prevent more ulcers forming. Be gentle and use a soft/baby toothbrush)
  • Difflam (Benzydamine) spray or mouthwash as needed
  • Soft diet (soft food will reduce trauma from biting)
  • Painkillers (ibuprofen and paracetamol following packet instructions) 
  • Rubbing Dentures (Denture adhesives  like fixodent may help secure a loose denture. Any sharp edges can removed using an emery board. Remove dentures when possible if causing trauma)
  • Corsodyl mouthwash (avoid use for over 1 week as may cause staining)