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What Causes Mouth Ulcers in Teenagers?

Teenagers can be prone to mouth ulcers which may be attributed to their lifestyle. Late nights, junk food diets, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption all take their toll. This places a strain on the body’s immune system which leads to a feeling of being ‘below par’ or ‘run down’.

Mouth ulcers are a sign that the immune system has been compromised in some way.

What causes mouth ulcers in teenagers?
We have already mentioned about lifestyle: many teenagers lead ‘unhealthy’lifestyles in which they drink and smoke too much, stay up all hours and eat all the wrong foods.

Diet: a diet in which not enough essential vitamins are absorbed, e.g. Vitamin B12 or is lacking in folic acid and iron will result in mouth ulcers. Stress is another factor: studying for exams or trying to find a job in a difficult economic climate can raise stress levels. High levels of stress have a negative impact upon our physical and mental health. One outcome of this is the development of mouth ulcers which is usually a sign that the body’s immune system is under pressure. Mouth ulcers can be caused by a tooth rubbing against the inside of your cheek, over enthusiastic use of a toothbrush or as a side effect of a certain type of medication. If either of your parents suffers from persistent mouth ulcers then there is a very good chance that you will do the same.

A mouth injury sustained as a result of playing sport or an accident can also result in mouth ulcers. Teenagers can develop mouth ulcers for the same reasons as an adult. Find out more about these in our causes of mouth ulcers section.

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