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Preventing mouth ulcers

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You can prevent mouth ulcers by looking after yourself generally and taking extra care of your teeth and gums.

Healthy lifestyle

To prevent getting mouth ulcers, try to avoid becoming run down. You can do this by eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly and learning how to manage stress.

Check out our easy-to-read articles on how to get fitter and how to eat a healthier diet.

If you're prone to getting ulcers often, try to avoid damaging the inside of your mouth by using a softer toothbrush. Also avoid eating hard, brittle or sharp-edged foods.

Read this article on how best to brush your teeth.

Good dental hygiene

Another way to stop getting mouth ulcers is to make sure that your teeth are healthy. The best way to do this is to have  regular check-ups at your dentist.

Your dentist can tell you how often you should have a check-up appointment. Depending on your oral health, the length of time before your next check-up could be as short as three months or as long as two years. The better your oral health, the less you will need to visit your dentist.

Regular dental check-ups will also reduce the risk of you getting mouth ulcers as a result of sharp edged teeth or fillings damaging your mouth.

Read about how to find an NHS dentist.

Read more about the causes of mouth ulcers

Medical Review: April 21, 2012

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