Mouth Ulcers - Canker Sores or Aphthous Stomatitis


A burning or tingling on your inner cheek, lip or tongue precedes a sore. The sore normally takes two to three days to form. They are painful round and shallow and show up in several places,


ü   On the inside of the lips

ü   Inside the cheeksCanker Sore Gums

ü   Canker Sore Gums

ü   On the tongue

ü   At the base of the gums

ü   On the roof of the mouth (palate)

You may have only one canker sore at a time, or many of them all at once.


Nobody knows what exactly causes canker sores, but many things contribute to their development

v   temporarily reduced immune system because of a cold or flu

v   hormonal changes

v   poor nutrition, low levels of vitamin B12 or folate.

v   stress lack of sleep,

v   sudden weight loss

v   Injury to mouth caused by Biting your cheek, tongue, or lip, wearing braces or another type of dental apparatus, or having a sharp broken tooth

v   Chewing tobacco

v   Burning one's mouth from hot food or drinks

v   Having gum disease gingivitis or other type of mouth infection

v   Having hypersensitivity to certain things, such as citrus or acidic foods, coffee, chocolate, cheese, and nuts.

v   Having certain autoimmune disease affecting the mucosal lining of the mouth, such as lupus, crohns, or Behcet's disease

v   Taking certain drugs such as chemotherapy, antibiotics, medications used for rheumatoid arthritis or epilepsy medications

v   Receiving radiation as part of cancer treatment

Managing the Sores

DDrink more water.

Rinse with salt water.

Practice proper dental care.

Avoid hot beverages and foods as well as salty, spicy, and citrus-based foods.

Use pain relievers Gargle with cool water or suck on ice pops if you have a mouth burn.

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