Diet for Mouth Ulcer

Posted on : 02-11-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Healthy Food, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Mouth ulcers also known as apthous ulcers, are small shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and often make eating and talking uncomfortable.The term “mouth ulcers” refers to sores or open lesions in the mouth caused by a variety of conditions including cancer, infections, immune system problems and damage or abrasions related to braces or dentures, self-inflicted bites or other problems.Diets for mouth ulcers focus on avoiding irritants and keeping the mouth clean to promote healing.

Diet for Mouth Ulcer

 

 

Foods To Enjoy

Cold foods and beverages actually soothe painful mouth ulcers, although room temperature choices do no harm. Cooking foods especially fruits and vegetables reduces their abrasive qualities. Fresh or frozen foods are good choices because they contain less acid than canned food and less salt than processed foods. Grain dishes and plain, unseasoned meat and also help because both meat and grains contain little acid and hover around a neutral pH. Sipping ice water, iced tea or cold milk during meals washes away debris and irritants from other foods especially if the person does not have time to brush.

Foods to Limit

Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients that support the immune system, but many of them contain acids that can make mouth ulcers worse and contribute to discomfort. Fruits and vegetables that should be enjoyed in moderation until symptoms subside include apples, apricots, mangos, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, berries and tomatoes. Juices, sauces and preserves are often more irritating than the whole fruit. Although the Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage people to eat fewer sweets in general, it’s particularly important for people with mouth ulcers to limit sweets because bacteria in the mouth ferment them to acids that delay mouth ulcer healing and contribute to tooth decay.

Foods to Avoid

Salty foods like pretzels and heavily spiced foods like curries make mouth sores sting. Highly acidic fruits such as lime, lemon, pineapples, grapefruit and pomegranates have the same effect. Pickled foods and foods like salad dressing that feature vinegar as a main ingredient should also be avoided because of their acid content. Nuts and seeds are abrasive, scratching and scraping mouth ulcers, and often leaving small, hard particles behind.

 

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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