What you should know about mouth ulcers
Do you usually develop round sores, a swollen skin around the mouth, or feel severe pain when chewing hot, salty or sour foods, or feel irritation while brushing? According to health experts, you could be troubled by mouth ulcers.
Mouth ulcers are a condition whereby the cells and tissues of the mouth are damaged leading the mouth to develop a wound. These ulcers are small, painful injuries or wounds that develop in the mouth or at the bottom of the gums.
Some of the causes are lack of vitamins like B1, B2, B6 or B9 which causes the tissues of the mouth to lack elasticity. According to Dr Dieudonne Bukaba, a nutrition expert from AVEGA Clinic Remera, mouth ulcers, also called aphthous ulcers or canker sores, can sometimes be caused by certain medical conditions such as viral infections including the cold sore virus, chickenpox, and hand, foot and mouth disease, as well as vitamin B12 or iron deficiency.
Bukaba urges people to mind their diet by avoiding consuming fast foods (pizza and fried chicken, among others). Rather, he says they should opt for a diet rich in green leafy vegetables like broccoli, cabbages, collard greens, green beans and zucchini, among others. Not taking this diet often leads to deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals, indirectly causing mouth ulcers.