It's a wrap for 2020!
As we come to the close of a year that has certainly kept us on our toes, we look back with gratitude that we made it through relatively unscathed, and look to the new year with anticipated excitement and a little sigh of relief. We have always believed in our customer service, quality dentistry and caring chair side manner, and are truly grateful to our returning clients and new faces for trusting their oral healthcare with us.
Christmas closing dates…
Dr Mark and the team will be taking some time off over Christmas to spend with their families. We are now closed for Christmas ready to hit the ground running when we return on 11th Jan 2021!
The Truth About Mouth Ulcers…
Most of us have experienced that sharp stinging sensation of a pesky mouth ulcer, maybe you bit down on your tongue accidentally while chewing (ouch!), or brushed your teeth a little too hard?
Mouth ulcers, although annoying and a bit sore, are harmless, non contagious, and in most cases usually clear up within 2 weeks like most cuts.
However, sometimes mouth ulcers can become a bigger problem, causing extreme pain, occurring regularly or appearing in clusters. This is when you may need to seek medical advise as persistent ulcers can be a symptom of a more serious health condition.
There are 3 types of mouth ulcer
Minor - the type most of us experience every now and then due to a trauma of the mouth, hormonal changes, reaction to acidic foods and stress etc.
Major - these can be very painful and can last for up to 6 weeks!
Herpetiform - These appear in groups, in some cases up to 100 small ulcers but should clear up within 2 weeks.
There are many remedies for mouth ulcers, some sound pretty strange, such as a damp tea bag placed on the sore and other more conventional like over the counter topical gels.
If at home, you can wash your mouth with salt water/ baking soda making sure not swallow, or suck on an ice cube to numb the sensation. Natural remedies include liquorice root or echinacea.
Stick to soft foods and avoid eating anything spicy or acidic.
The best way to avoid them is to keep physically fit and healthy - stress, sleep deprivation and vitamin deficiency can lead to mouth ulcers. Keep good oral hygiene (yes that old chestnut!),
brushing and flossing regularly to avoid any harmful bacteria setting off a reaction…and use a soft bristle brush!
If you are worried about reccuring ulcers or pain, do not hesitate to get in touch so we can pop you in for an appointment to check you over and discuss your options.
Dr Mark and the team at New Farm Dental Studio :-)