Canker Sores. What are they?
Aphthous stomatitis is the medical name for canker sores. We also call them mouth ulcer or blisters. They are common, and can happen to anyone. Small, shallow craters appear in your mouth, and they are often annoyingly painful. They also make simple movements like eating and talking a real pain. These mouth blisters begin to appear during childhood or adolescence. They last for several days and just gradually disappear.
Health condition does not always dictate you’re going to be affected. It can occur to anyone with good health. There are simple and complex canker sores. Simple ones may appear three or four times a year and last for up to seven days. They typically occur in adolescents. Complex sores are less common. They only occur on people who have previously had them.
What gives you canker sores?
The source and cause of canker sores is pretty much unknown. Most of the time, these sores are triggered due to an abrasion or a wound from any sharp surface. There are citrus fruits that also trigger the development of a canker sore.
Fruits like lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries may aggravate or prompt the development of simple canker sores. This is because the high acidity of these fruits simply add to the abrasion. Complex canker sores on the other hand, could come from an underlying health issue.
Depending on how frequent it occurs, it may mean weak or impaired immune system, nutritional problems or vitamin deficiency, iron deficiency, or a gastrointestinal tract disease.
Stay away, canker sores
Although canker sores usually heal themselves even without treatment, we now have dental lasers to treat them. Dentists assure of complete and immediate relief after the procedure. Despite this, the best way is still prevention. This does not mean they will cease to exist, but it means you have the power to minimize their frequency. Minimize your intake of citrus fruits or any food that irritate your mouth.
Use a soft-bristled brush and take care not to cause any abrasion on your tongue or soft oral tissue.
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