Canker Sores are also known as Aphthous ulcers. They are painful, temporary sores that may occur anywhere in the mouth. The sores can occur one at a time or as a group. Canker sores are generally not serious. Canker sores occur inside the mouth, usually inside the lips, cheeks and anywhere inside your mouth. They can also occur on or under the tongue and in the throat. Often, several canker sores appear at the same time and may be in clusters. Canker sores appear white, round area with a red border. The sores are painful and sensitive to touch. However, canker sores are not contagious.
Often confused for cold sores or fever blisters, canker sores occur on the inside of the mouth, and can cause much discomfort. Almost half of the US population will have canker sores at some point in their lives, though they form more frequently in our younger years and reduce as we age. Another common misconception about canker sores is that they are a form of herpes infection. This is because there are forms of canker sores that can include several small sores that cluster together. Usually canker sores are less than 10mm in diameter, with a white center. Though they often go away on their own within a couple of weeks, they can be quite painful while they are present. There are other forms of canker sores that can last up to 6 weeks, and can cause scars when they heal.
Here are some of the problems that you might experience when you have canker sores.
- When you have canker sores, eating would be a little bit difficult depending on the number of canker sores you have inside the mouth. You may not really enjoy the food that you are eating. Eating your favorite food with canker sores?, a bit of sad situation honestly, because i have experienced it.
- Brushing your teeth would be also painful when bristles of your toothbrush touches the sore. But it would be good to regularly clean your mouth by brushing to heal canker sores. Cleaning your teeth by Brushing can help treat canker sores.
- Drinking acidic juices or liquid would also be a problem for you. Pain will be present whenever you consume drinks that could possibly hurt a little bit. But drinking a lot of water would be recommended to help your mouth hydrated because if your mouth is dry it would add pain when you have canker sores.
- Canker sores on the tongue would also cause you a bit of a problem when you are having a conversation with someone. Imagine when your tongue moves together with canker sore and suddenly touches your teeth..ouch!.
By the way, canker sores do not spread from one person to another, thank God! There are many factors that cause canker sores, according to doctors. Some of these factors are for example stress related, trauma, allergies, medicinal reaction and even nutritional deficiencies.
Do not be alarmed if you have canker sores, but if they don’t go away for like 10 days or more, that is the time you visit your dental health provider or doctor just to make sure that there are no other problems than just canker sores.
Having a good oral hygiene and eating healthy food would be an excellent way to treat canker sore. Discontinue softdrinks and sodas plus avoid eating acidic, spicy or abrasive food, such as potato chips, salted nuts or lemons which can aggravate tender mouth sores. Remember to use toothpaste and mouthwashes that do not contain too much active ingredients that can cause pain. Do not brush too hard that can add pain to your mouth and use only soft-bristle toothbrushes.