Having pain inside the mouth is never a fun experience. If you notice a small lesion in your mouth, you might have a canker sore. While they may not be serious, they can be extremely painful and make normal daily activities like eating and drinking difficult.
Let’s take a closer look at what canker sores are, their common symptoms and causes, and what you can do to treat them if you get one. We’ll also uncover a few prevention tips to help decrease your chances of getting one again. Let’s dive in!
What Is a Canker Sore?
A canker sore, also medically known as an aphthous ulcer, is an “open and painful mouth ulcer or sore,” says Healthline. They’re typically white or yellow and are surrounded by inflamed soft tissue.
They can develop on the soft tissues in your mouth like the inside of your lips or cheeks. They can also develop along the gums. Canker sores are also the most common type of mouth ulcer.