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I accidentally bump my gum occasionally with my toothbrush and find that when I do I end up with a massive ulcer the next day.
Anyone else get this?
And do you have any quick fixes to help it heal? I’m in a world of pain and forgot to buy kenalog at the chemist.


Posted by tea4tee, 30th September 2021


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  • Maybe call through to a chemist for advice too?


  • Look at underlying issues to see if you can stop them happening and in the meantime dab on some bicarb soda. Hurts but works.


  • As already suggested; I find a gargle works for me.


  • Me! fully hear you. I put sm33 on it, the brown liquid, not the clear liquid. Hurts but then numbs it. Find it works best. Also I found that adding some extra vitamins/berrocca every couple of days helps as well.


  • Maybe ask gp to look at it and get some medication


  • I hope you change your toothbrush every 3 months and if you get mouth ulcers you need to get some vitamins in you and I was told to put a Vitamin c tablet on the ulcer and leave it till you feel better.


  • I put salt on mine. Stings but works!


  • This sounds unusual, so if you haven’t talked to a health professional, you probably should. That said, I use a salt water gargle when I have ulcers.


  • Are you sure they are due to mouth trauma? if they are recurring for no reason then look deeper. I used to get lots of mouth ulcers. Sometimes potatoe chips triggered them and I thought too salty or I’d bit myself and the bits were too sharp but they just kept coming. Someone thought allergy. I thought vitamin deficiency. I tried zinc, vitB12, iron and some improvement but because of on-going iron deficiency I actually had an endoscopy that revealed chronic inflammation in the stomach (the whole mucus lining was under stress all the way up to my mouth it seems). After that I took glutamine supplement (an ingredient in those gut repair formulas) and haven’t looked back. It’s definitely helped with ulcers, whether caused by trauma or more widespread damage to digestive system.


  • Usually a single mouth ulcer is due to damage caused by biting the cheek or tongue, or by sharp teeth, brushing or poorly fitting dentures. These ulcers are called ‘traumatic’ ulcers.
    The best fix is of course prevention ! Brush your teeth gently and don’t rush (idem for eating of course). Salt water rinses are good indeed, idem for baking soda and hydrogen peroxide rinses


  • If you have any Bonjela on hand, that may help too. Also vitamin B is meant to be good for mouth ulcers, so eat some extra Vegemite :)


  • Ooh thanks everyone, I forgot about swishing some salt water around!


  • Like some of the others have mentioned, I find that the quickest way to get rid of a mouth ulcer it to rinse with warm salty water.


  • swishing warm salty water.


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