What Causes Canker Sores?

Ever wondered what causes canker sores? The cause of canker sores is a mystery to medical professionals. Some medical professionals theorize that stress and injury causes the outbreak of canker sores. Even though, there is no definitive answer to what causes canker sores. One thing is certain when there is an outbreak; these sores tend to be painful.

While there is no conclusive reason known to why canker sores occur, foods with high acid or citrus content such as oranges, lemons, apples and strawberry tend to inflame canker sores.  People wearing improperly fitted dental appliances such as braces and dentures are susceptible to canker sores as well. People with certain diseases that impair their immune system, or who have  nutritional deficiency such as is the case with Celiac and Crohns patients tend to be susceptible to  canker sores. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or HIV treatment sometimes due to underlying symptoms experience canker sores. 

There are misconceptions that cold sores or herpes simplex is the same as canker sores, but they are not the same. Canker sores do not occur due to infections and they are not contagious. Cold sore on the other hand occurs due to infections and the sores usually have fluids inside. Canker sores do not have any build up fluid.   

Symptoms related to canker sores happen over time and come with painful sores on the tongue or inside the mouth. These sores has white or gray spots resembling ulcers. Patients infected with canker sores will find that the sores last up to 10 days with or without treatment. Some patients may have a fever, burning or tingling at the affected area, and they may find eating and talking uncomfortable.

If you should experience canker sores that are persistent large and painful, contact your dental provider for treatment to reduce the pain and discomfort you are experiencing.

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