Having Trouble With a Canker Sore?

About twenty percent (1 in 5) of people have suffered from canker sores.

Manifesting only in the inside of the mouth, as opposed to cold sores, canker sores (also known as aphthous ulcers) aren’t contagious.

One can spot these sores by their oval shape with a red border. They ordinarily have a gray, white or yellow center. Canker sores can be very painful, but most will recover by themselves in days or weeks.

Possible causes:
Though the experts aren’t entirely certain what causes canker sores to appear, one factor that is suspected is heredity. Canker sores tend to afflict people ages 10 to 20 years old and affect women about two times as much as men. Links have been discovered between canker sores and stress, and they regularly happen at the location of mouth injuries. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a chemical in many types of toothpaste and mouthwashes, has also been found to be connected with canker sores. And, lastly, canker sores could be an indication of an immune system issue.

There are three types of canker sores. While most canker sores are minor ones, the other types are major and herpetiform canker sores. The Mayo Clinic has more to read about these other kinds on their page on canker sores.

Treatment
If you suffer from a minor canker sore, no medical treatment is typically required. There are a couple of options to reduce additional pain, however.
– Stay away from foods that might be scratchy or hard, as well as spicy foods. These will aggravate the wound.
– Don’t brush the canker sore with your toothbrush.
– Use a toothpaste without SLS.

How to avoid getting a canker sore
– Keep away from the types of food that have a tendency to irritate your mouth.
– Make sure to have proper nutrition and are avoiding vitamin deficiency
– Defend your mouth against injury (Orthodontic wax can help with braces)
– Attempt to reduce things that cause you stress.

Call your doctor or Dr. Hodges if you are suffering from a canker sore that is especially painful or unusually large or one that hasn’t healed after a long time.