Natural Ways To Heal Canker Sores

John Gray

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are small, annoying irritations inside the mouth that affect almost 20% of Americans. They are different from cold sores, which usually appear on the outside of the mouth and lips and are contagious. Canker sores are found on the inside of the mouth or on the tongue and often appear during times of stress. Canker sores are round or oval with a white or yellow center and a red border. You might notice a tingling or burning sensation a day or two before the sores actually appear. Canker sores are not contagious.

Anyone can get a canker sore, but women, teens, and young adults have them more often. Most people have canker sores at some time in their lives, and some people have them regularly. The cause of canker sores is unknown, but they tend to run in families.

  • An injury to your mouth, an accidental cheek bite, or hard brushing.
  • Toothpastes or mouth rinses that contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
  • Food allergies and sensitivities, especially with chocolate, coffee, strawberries, eggs, nuts, cheese and spicy or acidic foods.
  • Vitamin deficiencies in B12, zinc, folate or iron.
  • An allergic response to certain bacteria in your mouth. 
  • Heliocobacter pylori (same bacteria that causes peptic ulcers)
  • Hormonal shifts, especially when a women has her period.
  • Emotional stress or tired.
There are also certain diseases that can cause canker sores to appear such as Celiac disease and Inflammatory Bowel disease. It is not surprising to have canker sores if your digestive system is not working properly. Your mouth is part of your digestive system so if your stomach is not working right, symptoms can show up in your mouth. An acidic stomach can most certainly cause canker sores so taking steps to restore your digestive systems balance will help with canker sore outbreaks.

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