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Canker Sores

by admin on September 26, 2008

Canker Sores or aphthous ulcer are basically small shallow ulcers, which appear in the mouth seemingly out of nowhere. People suffering from this kind of problem normally find eating food quite difficult as these lesions are painful. It is estimated that 10% of the population suffers from recurrent canker sores and women tend to be more affected than men.

Canker Sores Types

Canker sores can be broadly divided into two categories; simple canker sores and complex canker sores. Simple canker sores are common among the people of age groups 10 to 20. People of this age group suffer from this problem 3 to 4 times in a year and it lasts up to a period of one week. Coming to complex canker sores, these tend to be less common than the simple canker sores. It mainly occurs to people who have a history of canker sore problems.

Canker Sore causes

The precise cause of canker sores is still unknown. But according to scientists and research scholars, it

Cankersores pictures

Canker sores pictures

mainly occurs due to stress or tissue injury. There are some fruits and vegetables with acidic properties, which are capable of making the problem worse. Some of the citrus fruits and vegetables, which directly target canker sores, include oranges, lemons, apples, pineapples, tomatoes, figs and strawberries. These are some of the natural substances, which can make the problem serious, but there are some related to dental procedures such as ill-fitting dentures, braces, etc. which can take a normal case to a serious level.

The causes, which can lead to complex canker sores are mainly associated with an underlying health condition. These underlying health conditions include gastrointestinal tract disease (diseases like Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease), an impaired immune system, nutritional problems related to deficiency of iron, zinc, folic acids and vitamin B-12.

Difference between Canker Sore and Fever Blisters

Some people might think that canker sores and fever blisters are the same or confuse one for the other. The nature and symptoms of canker sores are quite dissimilar to fever blisters. Canker sores comprises of painful sore(s) inside the mouth, soft palate and on the surface of the tongue. These sores appear along with a burning sensation. The sores that appear inside the mouth are round in shape, gray or white in color, with a red border or edge. The fever blisters are quite distinct from them. They are caused by Herpes Simplex virus and are highly contagious. In some cases, the patients suffering from canker sores also complain about physical sluggishness, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Canker Sores Treatment:

cankersore pictures

Canker sore pictures

Generally, canker sores heal within one or two weeks without any kind of treatment. You should try to avoid spicy and acidic food till they heal as they tend to worsen them. Rinsing with salt water or antimicrobial mouth wash is helpful.

If the sores include intolerable pain, you should consult your dentist. Some solutions, which dentists normally prescribe to reduce pain and irritation include a corticosteroid ointment and an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Canker Sores Prevention

  • Some prevention tips for canker sores include
  • By avoiding extremely spicy and acidic food if you are prone to canker sores.
  • Dental Braces which abrade the oral mucosa should be covered by wax.
  • Regular use of mouth wash can prevent or reduce frequency of occurrence of canker sores.
  • In some cases, a component of toothpaste might be responsible for them. So if you keep on getting canker sores, you might try changing your toothpaste and see if that helps.

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