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Everything A Person Could Want To Know About Canker Sores

Oscar Allen

Canker sores are also well known as a mouth ulcer and can make talking, eating, or drinking painful. They are usually a small lesion on the base of your gum line, under the tongue or anywhere in your mouth. They aren't contagious, but if it lasts for longer than one or two weeks, you should consult a dentistry center for treatment. Beware, because they could reoccur.

Who Gets a Canker Sore?

Anyone can get a sore, and it is estimated that 25% to 40% of the United States population will have one during his or her lifetime. It usually occurs before the age of 50.

Causes of a Canker Sore

Many elements can produce a canker sore, but they can be caused by heredity. They might indicate an immune system issue or a shortage of nutrients such as Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron. It could also be stress or diet related. If you brush too hard or bite the inside of your lip, you might bring on the sore. Diet also seems to play a part.

Diet Prevention

Consume B12 and B9: B12 is also called cobalamin and B9 is better known as Folic acid. Beef liver, salmon, and clams are excellent choices for B12. Eggs, milk and some breakfast cereals can also improve B12 intake. Asparagus, dark leafy vegetables, and broccoli are good for Folic acid intake as well as citrus fruits, beans, peas, and lentils.

Eat Iron Rich Foods: Parsley is rich in iron and folate and is also a great breath freshener. Next time you are in a restaurant, eat the pretty decoration. Be like Popeye and consume spinach. It is rich in folate and iron. It is advisable to include some vitamin C because the iron found in spinach needs it for good absorption.

Reduce Alcohol Intake: Whether you have consumed one or more alcoholic drinks, your body will probably become dehydrated before morning. Hydration is the key to eliminating or at least slowing down a canker sore. Before you retire for sleep, drink plenty of water to keep moisture present in your mouth.

In many cases, the cause of a canker sore is unknown but by following these guidelines, you might be fortunate and not be plagued with the symptoms for a long time. Prevention is the key especially if you believe the sores could be in relation to heredity. Changing lifestyles including additions to your diet could make the process a little less painful.


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A New Smile Was the Best Investment of My Life

I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!