Canker Sores. What are they?
Aphthous stomatitis. This is the less popular name for canker sores. Some call them mouth ulcer or mouth blisters. Canker sores can commonly occur on anyone. They are small, shallow craters that appear in the mouth and are often annoyingly painful. They can make 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 dictate whether or not you may acquire canker sores. It can occur to anyone with good health. There are simple and complex canker sores. Simple canker sores may appear three or four times a year and last for up to seven days. Simple canker sores typically occur on adolescents. Complex canker 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, canker sores are triggered by torn tissue in the mouth due to abrasion or a wound from a sharp tooth 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. Complex canker sores, on the other hand, may be blamed on an underlying health issue that is far from the mouth.
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 just go away by themselves even without treatment, there are now dental lasers used to treat canker sores. 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 so you do not cause abrasion on your tongue and the insides of your mouth.
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