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    What is Canker Sores?

    What is Canker Sores?

    Canker sores or also known as Apthous Ulcers is a minor abrasion that develops as a white or grey sore with red border on the soft tissues of the mouth, cheeks, lips, or at the base of gum line. They are not infectious; though they are small in size they can make eating and talking difficult. The precise cause is unclear, however there are several contributing factors that might possibly trigger you from developing canker sores as some experts believes that immune system problems, bacteria , Viruses and trauma to mouth’s soft tissues can cause canker sores. Toothpaste and mouth rinse containing sodium lauryl sulfate, food sensitivities like spicy, acidic foods, chocolate, strawberries, eggs, nuts, etc., Vitamin B. Zinc and folate deficiency might also include.

    According to Mayo Clinic Canker Sores have 3 categories:

    Minor- small oval shaped that heals within one to two weeks.

    Major- larger and deeper with irregular edges and heals longer until 6 weeks and produce scarring.

    Herpetiforms- are pinpoint size and often appears in a cluster of 10 to 100. They have the same healing time frame with minor but they appear in irregular edges same like major canker sores.

    Dental Considerations

    Consult your Dentist or Doctor to check if you are having canker sores and which category it will fall to receive right treatment and medication. Canker sores usually heal on their own after one or two weeks. But your dentist may give you several treatment options especially for Major and Herpetiforms Canker Sores, in the forms of Over-the-counter topical anesthetics and antimicrobial mouthwashes may provide temporary relief. Antibiotics from your dentist and some oral bandages can reduce secondary infection. In general eat healthy food such us fruit and vegetables, stay hydrated, and avoid hot, spicy or acidic foods that can irritate the sore, follow good oral hygiene and reduce your stress.

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