Mouth Ulcers - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Nov 30, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for mouth ulcers?

You can consult your general practitioner, a dentist or a skin specialist.

2. Are mouth ulcers contagious?

Aphthous ulcers are not contagious; they are not passed on by kissing or sharing utensils. But mouth ulcer caused by any infections like viral, bacterial or yeast may be contagious.

3. How much time does a mouth ulcer take to heal?

Usually, a mouth ulcer can take 7-14 days to heal. Large sized mouth ulcers can take a month or many months to recover.

4. Can mouth ulcers affect your health?

Mouth ulcers are harmless most of the times. But remember that they may be a sign of nutritional deficiency, infection, malignancy or any of the previously listed causes. Hence, long-standing and recurrent ulcers should be examined by a doctor.

5. Are mouth ulcers inherited?

No, mouth ulcers are not inherited.

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