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How Does Your Mouth Affect Peptic Ulcers?

Posted on 6/10/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
A man suffering from heart burn caused by a petic ulcer.Peptic ulcers - sometimes referred to as stomach ulcers - are uncomfortable sores that form on the lining of the stomach or the initial part of the small intestine. This can be an extremely troubling condition, as you may experience symptoms like heartburn, nausea, bloating, or a burning sensation in your middle or upper stomach.

In severe cases, symptoms might include weight loss, vomiting blood, or dark stool, so it is important that you seek out treatment right away.

Unfortunately, one of the most common treatments for peptic ulcers is thought to have negative effects on your mouth. Peptic ulcers are thought to be caused by a type of bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori, and if you have a peptic ulcer, your doctor could recommend that you use bismuth subsalicylate (including Pepto-Bismol) in order to eliminate the harmful bacteria.

This substance can actually cause your tongue to temporarily turn black, and while this is a harmless side effect, it can be the source of considerable embarrassment.

Not only can peptic ulcer treatment affect your oral health, but your oral health can also affect peptic ulcers. Most commonly, this occurs after you have oral surgery. When you are recovering, your dentist could prescribe an NSAID, including ibuprofen or aspirin, in order to deal with pain and discomfort.

Taking NSAIDs for an extended period of time could actually lead to an ulcer, as these medications can impact the stomach's ability to properly protect itself from the highly acidic juices found here. However, once you stop taking NSAIDs after your discomfort has subsided, these ulcers should go away on their own.

If you are suffering from chronic peptic ulcers, you should definitely talk to your doctor about potential treatment options. However, if you are prescribed any medication to treat the condition, make sure that you relay this information to us by contacting us today.

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