A canker sore (Aphthous stomatitis) is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are not cancerous. A canker sore is not the same as a fever blister (cold sore).
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Check out the following links to find out more information on what you can do to prevent, treat and get rid of a canker sore.
If you’re reading this then you most likely know about canker sores all too well. Also known as mouth ulcers, these sores can be a real pain to say the least. What causes canker sores anyway? Let’s take a closer look at some of the more common reasons that these lip sores breakout.
Toothpaste and Mouthwash – Believe it or not, your toothpaste could be what causes canker sores in your mouth. If it contains SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, then your toothpaste can create a higher rate of canker sores.
SLS has a drying effect on the inside of your lips and gums. This makes the tissues on these areas much more accessible to acids found in many foods and drinks.
They go by several names. Canker sores, mouth ulcers, and a number of 4-letter words that I won’t list here.
Whatever you call them, if you get canker sores, you know the true meaning of pain. They hurt. They keep you from eating normally and even talking like a human being. They’re embarrassing and gross, and the subject of ridicule. And very misunderstood.
They’re also common in 20% of the population. That’s one out of 5 people. So you’re not alone, far from it. In fact, if you’re a teen, you’re more likely to get canker sores than any other segment of the population. But why is that? Why have teens been selected to be especially targeted by this most disgusting of modern plagues?