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Causes, Symptoms and Preventions of Canker Sores

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Canker sores are small, painful ulcers on the inside of the mouth, tongue, lips, or throat.

Symptoms:

The main symptom of a canker sore is getting a shallow ulcer on your tongue or on the inside of your lip or cheek. The sore may be large or small, and it will have a red border and a white or yellow center. You might have more than one canker sore at a time.
Canker sores usually begin with a burning or tingling feeling. They may be swollen and painful. Having a canker sore can make it hard to talk or eat.

Causes

1. Have food allergies. Eating foods that you are allergic to may cause you to get a canker sore.

2. Eat or drink food or juice that has a lot of acid, such as orange juice.

3. Do not get enough vitamins or minerals in your diet, such as iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid..

4. A minor injury to your mouth from dental work, overzealous brushing, sports mishaps or an accidental cheek bite

5. Toothpastes and mouth rinses containing sodium lauryl sulfate

6. Food sensitivities, particularly to chocolate, coffee, strawberries, eggs, nuts, cheese, and spicy or acidic foods

7. Have your menstrual cycle, if you are a woman.

8. A diet lacking in vitamin B-12, zinc, folate (folic acid) or iron

9. An allergic response to certain bacteria in your mouth

10. Emotional stress

Preventions

1. You can prevent the recurrence of canker sores by avoiding foods that may have previously caused the outbreak. These often include spicy, salty, or acidic foods. Also, avoid foods that cause allergy symptoms, such as itchy mouth, swollen tongue, or hives.

2. If your canker sores pop up due to stress, adopt regular stress reduction and calming techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation.

3. Also, practice good oral health and use a soft toothbrush to avoid irritating your gums and soft tissue. Consult with your doctor to determine if you suffer from any specific vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies.

Sources:
http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/canker-sore/basics/causes/con-20021262
http://www.medicinenet.com/canker_sores/article.htm
https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/canker-sores.html
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/canker-sores-topic-overview
http://www.healthline.com/health/canker-sores#Treatment5
http://remedytip.com

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