Canker sores

Canker sores

What Are they?

  • Small lesions inside the mouth. On the gum tissues, on or under the tongue, on the inside of the lip
  • Can have one or many
  • Can be very painful or sore
  • Are not contagious

Why do I get them? 

  • Can appear after trauma to the mouth (fall, sports, new braces, new retainer, after a dental or medical procedure)
  • Can be related to food or a food sensitivity
  • Can be related to a deficiency of B-12 and iron, zinc, folic acid.  
  • Can be associated with stress
  • Can be associated with further medical conditions such as Irritable bowel syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease 

What to do to get rid of them? 

  • Most ulcers will heal on their own within 1-2 weeks 
  • If they are extremely painful or are not healing book an appointment with your dentist to have them assessed.