- Canker sores are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissue inside the mouth. They can appear on the lips, cheeks, gums, and tongue.
- While the exact cause is unknown, health experts have come up with several potential causes that could contribute to the occurrence of canker sores.
- Common causes in include stress, diet, hormonal changes, bacteria, certain medical conditions, injuries to the mouth, and even oral products.
- To prevent canker sores, practice good oral hygiene, limit certain foods, and practice stress reducing exercises.
Canker sores, also referred to as aphthous ulcers, are extremely uncomfortable small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissue inside the mouth. These small sores appear on the lips, cheeks, gums, and tongue. Unfortunately, they are also quite common. A report by the United States Surgeon General estimates that 25-percent of the general population are affected by recurrent canker sores.
Most of the time these sores are not serious and often go away on their own in a week or two. But they can be quite painful and even make it difficult to eat or talk. Here’s a look into the most common causes of canker sores and how to potentially prevent them…
The exact cause behind canker sores isn’t known. Most of the time it seems like they just appear out of nowhere. However, there are several potential factors that could be linked.
Stress is a major one because it impacts our immune system, says Cedars Sinai. Unfortunately, it’s also a cause that is hard to avoid. We all get stressed from time to time, especially when juggling so many things like work, relationships, our health, etc. This puts us all at risk for getting canker sores.