Where do Canker Sores Come From?
Most people have had a canker sore at some point in their life and know the pain that is associated with this ailment. Canker sores have many causes so determining why you are suffering from one can be difficult.
More About Canker Sores
These small ulcers develop out of a bacterial infection and typically show up inside the cheeks, under the tongue or at the base of the gum line. They most often occur in people between the ages of 10 and 20 but can occur at any time.
They are round and range in sizes from about 2mm to over a centimeter. They might be in just one spot or in a tight cluster of a maximum of 100 little infections. Although some people consider cold sores and canker sores to be the same thing; they are different. Cold sores tend to be painful and filled with fluid. These are caused by viruses and are contagious.
Causes of Canker Sores
There are many causes of a typical canker sore. Here are the most common:
• Genetics or heredity
• Trauma to the mouth
• Stomach ailments – these include gluten sensitivity, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
• Vitamin Deficiency
Treatment of Canker Sores
While you can’t get rid of canker sores, there are things you can do to ease the discomfort.
• Avoid foods that tend to irritate your mouth. This includes citrus fruits, spicy food and acidic vegetables.
• Don’t chew gum.
• Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush after meals and be sure to continue flossing.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms stemming from your canker sores, it would be important to contact the dentist right away.
• Large sores
• Spreading sores
• Sores that haven’t gotten better within 3 weeks
• Pain that is unbearable even with over-the-counter medications
• Trouble eating or drinking
• High fevers
If anything feels unusual about the canker sore to you, it would be important to get in contact with either your dentist or doctor. Your dentis in Summit, NJ t is experienced at evaluating canker sores and will be able to help guide you in the right direction for further relief. Please call our office today at (908) 522-1155 to schedule your next appointment, or click here.