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Mouth ulcers concerns

Mouth ulcers are painful sores that appear in the mouth, usually on the soft tissue - cheeks, lips or tongue. They can be white, red, yellow or grey in colour and swollen.

Although they're uncomfortable, mouth ulcers are usually harmless and clear up by themselves within a week or two.

In many cases, the reason for mouth ulcers is unclear, but triggers are thought to include:

  • Accidentally biting the inside of your cheek or a sharp tooth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Hard food
  • A defective filling
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Hormonal changes – some women develop mouth ulcers during their monthly period
  • Eating certain foods – such as chocolate, spicy foods, coffee, peanuts, almonds, strawberries, cheese, tomatoes and wheat flour
  • Toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulphate
  • Stopping smoking – when you first stop smoking, you may develop mouth ulcers
  • Viral infections – including the cold sore virus, chickenpox, and hand, foot and mouth disease
  • Medical conditions - including vitamin B12 or iron deficiency, Crohn's disease, coeliac disease, reactive arthritis, HIV, lupus, Behçet’s disease
  • Certain medications or medical treatments may also cause mouth ulcers

It's usually safe to treat mouth ulcers at home to help reduce swelling and ease any discomfort.

Self care

Tips for easing discomfort and aid healing…

  • Antimicrobial mouthwash or protective paste, available from your pharmacist
  • Use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth
  • Use a toothpaste that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate, as this may be irritating
  • Avoid hard, spicy, salty, acidic or hot food and drink until the ulcer heals
  • Use a straw to drink cool drinks
  • Avoid things that may be triggering your mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers can sometimes be a possible symptom of a more serious problem such as infection or mouth cancer. It's therefore essential that you contact Sturminster Dental Care as soon as possible if you notice:

  • Your mouth ulcer has lasted three or more weeks
  • You keep getting mouth ulcers
  • Your mouth ulcer becomes more painful or red

Meet the team

Brian Thomason

Principal Dentist

GDC NO. 57874

Ian Mercer

Dentist

GDC NO. 66381

Olga Sevcsenko

Dentist

GDC NO. 250396

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People are talking about us

The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Sturminster Dental Care. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…

Patient reviews

35 Reviews

5.0
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James Kirby

Excellent care, easy to get an appointment. Pleasant surroundings. Highly professional friendly clinician and Nurse.

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Lucy Mac

Wonderful first appointment! Ian was very gentle and really took time to explain everything. I hadn't been to a dentist for 4 or so years due to a couple of bad experiences and Trigeminal Neuralgia and went on recommendation of a friend. I will definitely return!

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David Rabone

Good, professional care administered in a pleasant environment at a reasonable cost. What more could you ask for?

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Jasmine Fitzsimons

Visited my dentist Olga today for 3 fillings. This was the first time having fillings with Olga and I’m incredibly impressed with her work along with dental nurse Brittany who was also great. I felt very calm immediately and felt ZERO pain or discomfort through the whole process. It was smooth and quick but didn’t feel rushed. I look forward to coming in again. Thank you Olga&Brittany. highly recommend this practice.

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Daniel Alder

Excellent treatment and friendly and highly professional team.

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Martin Ostler

My wife and I made our first visit as new patients. First impressions were very favourable on both the dental and admin side

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J Ginty

Absolutely amazing dentist. Every single member of staff is wonderful, sweet and kind. Highly recommend. 10/10!

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Tracey Eavis

I have been going to Sturminster Dental Care for years , it’s amazing. Always get a warm welcome and Ian & Helen are Brilliant looking after my teeth . Wouldn’t go anywhere else and recommend them highly

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Dave Stringer

Absolutely first class dental care from an extremely courteous and professional team. A trip to the dentist isn’t exactly everyone’s ideal place to visit, but all the staff here will make you feel totally at ease, and for me, have completely taken the fear factor away from the occasion. I’ve visited a few dental surgeries over the years, and this is the best by quite some distance. Top class service from a top class team. Thank you!

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Tim

I have not relaxed in a dental chair for years . I was always apprehensive and anxious. Brian has a great bed side manner and for the first time in years I relaxed . It was almost pleasant ! Thank you for ‘putting me back together again’ Tim

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John T

I don't usually do reviews but in this instance I have only but compliments for this Dental Practice. From the Receptionist to the actual Dental Teams everybody is so pleasent and reassuring. I appreciate attending a Dentist can be stressful for some but this Practice makes the visit as comfortable as possible.

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Julie Christopher

I visited Olga today and was so impressed with her and all of the team. I would highly recommend this dentist practice. It's all about what is best for you. Very friendly, understanding and I feel confident they really care about their patients.

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Mike Gaston

Always on time with appointments, friendly and welcoming staff. A pleasure to be one of your clients ✨️.

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Paul Stevens

Great dentist sorted out my problem straight away would recommend to anyone

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Zoe Bell

Very patient and very trustworthy. Always friendly and calming for both scared adults and children.

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Bendz

Very friendly and efficient staff, an excellent dental practice.

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Jeanette Lane

My tooth broke yesterday due to a cancellation I was able to be treated today friendly professional quick service couldn’t have asked for more

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louis Austin

The staff and dentists are brilliant and so caring

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Richard Gow

Sturminster Dental Care offer a high standard of dentistry and you feel that you're in safe hands. This is backed up by a professional and very friendly team who provide a warm welcome at each point of contact. The facilities are well designed and comfortable and there is free parking outside.

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David Hill

Friendly and professional

JB

Jill Bristow

Excellent practice, would recommend to all, as a nervous patient, they put me at ease, and I do not dread going to have treatment.

SB

sharon bennett

Great practice. You feel valued as an individual patient. Very professional, friendly and punctual.

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Tony Moore

Excellent, professional and friendly Dental Practice. Thank you.

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Bridget Legg

Efficient, calm and polite service which makes going to the dentist not such an ordeal! All lovely and helpful staff.

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Hogswatter

Very professional team and staff.

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Ian Sandey

Absolutely superb practice in every way! Thoroughly recommend

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Julie Anderson

Ian and staff are brilliant ..Recommend it for all.

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Cheryl Handibode

Excellent visit as always, Ian is always so pleasant and reassuring.

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Ian Ring

Excellent dentists. Clean, friendly and Covid safe

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Kay Moscrop

Very good care from Olga

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Suzy Hilton

I don't think I have ever had such a comfortable and friendly dental experience. Ian took the time to explain all my options and treatments and made me feel fairly optimistic about the outcome. The reception staff were very welcoming and helpful

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Charlotte Weatherley

It was great to be fitted in so quickly, as I had indicated that I was in pain, and the receptionist worked hard to find a slot for me. Overall, an efficient service, with friendly, accommodating staff. The dentist worked quickly to identify the problem and begin treatment.

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Stuart Jackson

Always time to talk 'teeth' and never feeling rushed

NM

Nick Messinger

Excellent service - friendly team

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Stuart Brown

Perfect.

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