Do You Suffer from Canker Sores?

Do you suffer from canker sores? If so, we know they can be painful and make daily tasks like speaking and chewing difficult. Many people experience these sores and some may have questions about them. For example, maybe you wonder if they are contagious or if there is any preventative care. Find the answers to these and other questions below!

Canker Sores VS Cold Sores

Due to being similar in appearance and discomfort, canker sores and cold sores can be easily confused. In reality they are very different. For example, only cold sores are contagious as they are caused by the herpes virus, while canker sores cannot be spread. Further, canker sores are inside the mouth and cold sores are outside the mouth, on the lips.

Canker sores can appear in a variety of surfaces in the mouth, including the tongue, inside the cheeks or lips, and on the gums.

How Do You Get Canker Sores?

There is far more than one reason you have a canker sore . According to, “…hereditary factors, stress or tissue injury are the likely causes…Acidic or citrus foods can also trigger a canker sore, as can sharp teeth, braces or ill-fitting dentures. Cigarette smoking and allergies may also increase the likelihood of canker sores.” Also, underlying health issues can sometimes be manifested in the form of these intraoral ulcers.

If You Currently Have a Canker Sore

Although uncomfortable, yo can expect these sores to be gone within one to two weeks. It is advised to baby the area, especially while chewing so that you do not accidentally bite the area. Going easy on the spicy and acidic foods and drinks  can help with avoiding further irritation. Dentists can usually prescribe special ointments or oral rinses for severe cases.

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