The Basics of Canker Sores
Many people suffer from canker sores, medically referred to as aphthous ulcers, on a regular basis. These small but mighty ulcers can make simple tasks like eating and drinking incredibly uncomfortable. Canker sores come in a wide variety of sizes and range from small, singular sores to larger clusters. They are often confused with cold sores, but unlike cold sores, canker sores do not develop on the surface of your lips and they are not contagious. Dr. Mohamed Aljanabi, our orthodontist in Brooklyn, NY has compiled some helpful tips to keep canker sores at bay.
First, let’s examine the potential causes of a canker sore. Scientists haven’t pinned down the exact cause of canker sores, but they are linked to the following:
- Nutritional deficiencies such as zinc may make you more at risk of developing canker sores. Other nutritional issues such as GI issues could make it more difficult for your stomach and intestines to absorb the nutrients properly. Those with food allergies may also be more at risk, too.
- Trauma to the tissues on the inside of the mouth is another common catalyst for canker sores to form. For example, if you accidentally bite the inside of your cheek, there’s a chance that a canker sore could develop.
Preventing Canker Sores
It’s impossible to completely prevent canker sores from developing, but there are steps you can take to reduce your chance of developing them. A healthy, well-balanced diet will ensure that your immune system is getting the nutrients it needs to ward off the development of canker sores. If you play sports, make sure to wear a protective mouthguard when necessary to protect the inside of your mouth from trauma.
If you have additional questions about the development of canker sores and what you can do to reduce your risk, reach out to our orthodontist in Brooklyn, NY.