Canker sores are described as painful and very uncomfortable sores inside the mouth. Their cause is still very vague but researchers and experts believe it could be a combination of different agents and factors, predisposing factors of an individual. Biologically, white blood cells affect the mouth by targeting specific spots, meaning that spots that have some autoimmune disorders could be more susceptible to canker sores.
Otherwise referred to as aphthous ulcers, canker sores as mentioned are painful, very annoying in responding to treatment, not to mention very persistent. The sores would mostly be found in your inner lips, cheeks, gums, or your sublingual parts of the mouth. While canker sores are very tiny in size, they can be felt as large and very sensitive when touched. Common symptoms of canker sores include a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth.
The condition will start to manifest as a tiny whitish sore that manifests itself as a wound that has pink edges surrounding it. While these first symptoms could mean any of the many dental health problems that are common in today’s society, the presence of fever, swelled lymph nodes, and listlessness could allay your fears and narrow down your dental issue to canker sores.
There are some canker sores conditions that have been linked to mouthwashes and toothpastes that have sodium lauryl sulphate as an ingredient. This ingredient, which is very common in most brands today, is believed to make the mouth dryer than usual, thus predisposing the dry parts of the mouth to canker sores. Normally, switching your toothpaste to one that doesn’t have this ingredient will help manage the condition and reduce the sores.
Some experts feel that individuals with high levels of stress could be more vulnerable to canker sores. Periods of intense stress could significantly affect one, perhaps because of the high respiratory rates that tend to make the mouth dry. Sleep aids and tranquilizers, generally medication taken to relieve stress, can also cause dry mouth, and the upshot is the breakout of sores.
Dietary deficiencies could also be attributed to causing canker causes. Significantly low levels of Vitamin B and C variants can lead to canker sores. Note however that in most cases, B complex vitamins are used to treat emotional imbalances and stress, thus making it clearly hard to determine whether the predisposing condition of sores is because of a deficiency of Vitamin B, the presence of stress, or a combination of the two. Lack of iron, calcium, selenium, folic acid, and zinc has also been associated with canker sores.
With that being said, it is to be mentioned that canker sores can disappear on their own without treatment. Most treatment options available though concentrate mainly on reducing pain or boosting one’s immunity to facilitate a natural healing process. Some home remedies that will help with canker sores include hydrogen peroxide mixed in water and then applied evenly on the affected areas. But when all is said and done, nothing beats good oral hygiene, the easiest and simplest way to treat canker sores. Remember that prevention is better than cure!