If you like the idea of having painful sores on the inside of your mouth then just read on. Canker sores are also known as Aphthous ulcers. About one in five of us will experience this condition at some point during our lives. If these odds don’t seem attractive enough for you then there are things you can do to increase your chances of getting these ulcers. Don’t blame me though if people don’t want to kiss you and it feels like someone has just punched you in the mouth.
The Symptoms and Causes of Canker Sores
There are a number of conditions that could be mistaken as canker sores so we will look a bit closer at the symptoms of this condition. There are actually three types of these sores and they vary in severity. The minor sores are the most common; these can be as small as 1mm in diameter and disappear after about a week. Herpetiform ulcers are made up of a number of minor cankers. Major Canker sores can be 10 times the size of the minor ones and they can take up to four times as long to heal. These ulcers are found on the movable parts of your mouth in most instances.
There is confusion about the exact cause of these Aphthous ulcers. It is believed that there can be a number of different factors involved including environmental and hereditary. Females are more prone to them than men. Some folk have allergies that make them more susceptible to these sores. There are also those individuals who have a faulty immune system and this can cause the sores to appear. In a lot of cases there will be no obvious reason for why the sores have appeared.
How to Get Canker Sores
As mentioned above the causes of canker sores are not fully understood but there are things you can do to increase your chances of getting them.
- If you have poor nutrition then this will greatly increase your chances of getting canker sores. In particular if you avoid iron, Vitamin B12, and folic acid you will greatly increase your chances of getting these ulcers. Just be prepared though, because lack of these vitamins can make you feel sick in many different ways.
- Smoking cigarettes is viewed as increasing your risk of developing these mouth ulcers. When it comes to ill-health it seems that you really can’t do better than cigarettes.
- If you wear dentures then this too can increase your risk of developing this condition. So if you stop taking care of your teeth there may be a nice pair of dentures in your future and maybe even some nice canker sores to go along with it.
- If you have a lot of stress in your life then this too can increase your chances of developing these sores. So make sure that you keep your stress levels at maximum levels and don’t do anything to bring them down.