What is included in patient education about aphthous ulcers?

Updated: Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Michael C Plewa, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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  • General therapeutic measures for active ulcers include good oral hygiene, nonirritating gargles, and increased fluid intake.

  • Cool bland beverages, such as milkshakes, are well tolerated. Patients should be advised to avoid salty or spicy foods.

  • Although efficacy for recurrent aphthous ulcers (canker sores) is unproven, stress control may benefit some patients.

  • For patient education resources, see the Teeth and Mouth Center, as well as Canker Sores.

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