The Complete Canker Sore Treatment Page!
The complete cancker sore treatment page
Ouch! Canker sores (also known as cancker sores,
aphthous ulcers, apthous ulcers and mouth ulcers) are a
common reason for a visit to
the doctor's office.
What can you do to ease the pain and get on
with your life? Consult with your doctor to see which of these steps may help
your particular circumstances.
Remember that this site can only provide general
advice on canker sores / cancker sores, and you should consult your doctor for information specific
to your condition.
Causes Canker Sores?
The exact biological cause of canker sores is unknown.
They are not herpes simplex. It is not known if cancker sores are contagious.
Canker sores are more likely to occur in females than in males, and often follow
trauma to the inside of the cheek caused by accidental biting or by dental work.
Stress is thought to be a major precipitating factor for cancker sores.
Canker sores generally disappear within 3 weeks, often
within one week, and sometimes they are gone within 24 hours.
Common Causes of Canker Sores
Many people experience cancker sores when they are under
stress or in stressful situations. Canker sores are also common a few days after
visiting a dentist, although this incidence seems to be reduced if the dentist
mixes a small amount of chlorhexidine with rinse water.
As noted above, being female is a risk factor for cancker
sores. Being ill with a cold or flu, or other illness, often causes an outbreak.
Rinsing the mouth with a prescription mouthwash is
sometimes helpful. Rinsing with warm salt water may also help, but be careful to
avoid swallowing the salt water. Various commercial products are available that
reduce the discomfort of cancker sores.
to Call a Doctor
If you have an ulcer in the mouth that does not heal
within a reasonable time, consult your doctor. This is particularly true if you
are a smoker or chew tobacco.
Preventing Future Outbreaks
You can do a lot to reduce the risk of future outbreaks.
Manage your stress level, avoid cuts to the inside of the mouth, cheeks and
tongue, and do
regular tooth brushing and flossing.