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Canker Sores
Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

Canker sores are ulcers of the mouth that affect millions of Americans every year causing pain and discomfort. The cause of canker sores is unknown but several factors have been identified. Normally, the canker sores heal after 7-10 days.


What are canker sores?

Canker sores are ulcers of the mouth that affect millions of Americans every year causing pain and discomfort. The cause of canker sores is unknown but several factors have been identified. Normally, the canker sores heal after 7-10 days.


What are the factors that trigger canker sores?

  • Immune system dysfunction.
  • Toothpaste ingredients such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) may cause canker sores in many people.
  • Trauma and mouth injury (dental treatment, braces, ill fitting dentures….)
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • Stress.
  • Food. Some people gets canker sores after eating certain kinds of foods such as nuts, buckwheat, rye, chocolate, soy, mustard, pineapples, citrus fruits, vinegar, apples and milk.


What can I do about canker sores?

Always consult your physician or dentist about your canker sores. Corticostroides ointment and gels are available with a prescription. Other over the counter pain relieving gels and medications are effective in reducing the pain and the discomfort. Antibacterial mouthwashes such as (peridex) might help. In addition to medication, the more you learn about the canker sores the more control you have on their episodes.
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