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Why am I Getting Canker Sores?

Canker sores are no fun! They can be quite painful and they come in all shapes and sizes. They are considered a small ulcer in your mouth that hurt when eating, drinking, or even talking.

Are you aware that one in five people will have a canker sore flare up? It’s true – 20 percent of the population suffers with canker sores. So if you are one of them you are not alone! Most people wonder, “Why do I get canker sores?” And to be quite honest, most doctors are not sure exactly why.

What dentists will tell you is that they know of triggers for canker sores. Some of the most common triggers include, but are not limited to:

  • Stress – high stress environments, situations, etc.
  • An injury – either from accidently biting, braces or being hit
  • Eating acidic foods or drinks – oranges, coffee, tomato, etc.
  • A weakened immune system – either because you are sick or you have poor nutrition habits
  • Gastrointestinal diseases – heartburn, acid reflux, etc.

What can you do? Well, here’s the best news – most canker sores will heal themselves in 7-10 days. If your canker sore has not healed or it is causing you a lot of pain, then schedule an appointment to see your Alpharetta dentist. There isn’t a cure for canker sores but you can reduce their occurrence. You can do that by always brushing, flossing, and having good nutrition. Also, make sure you keep routine dental appointments; your dentist can always keep an eye out for problem areas!

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental


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