Mouth Ulcer and Canker Sores - Essential Things You Need to Know



Mouth ulcers (or canker sores) are small and painful sores that appear on the inside of the mouth and lips. They can be uncomfortable and make eating and speaking difficult. 

What are Mouth Ulcers and Canker Sores?

Mouth ulcers are sores that appear inside the mouth. They are usually round or oval, have a red border with a white or yellow center, and can range from a small dot to a large sore. They are non-contagious and are not caused by any known virus.

Causes of Mouth Ulcers and Canker Sores

Several factors believed to contribute to their development are:

·        Trauma to the mouth.
·        Hormonal changes.
·        Toothpaste.
·        Stress and anxiety.
·        Food sensitivities.

If this problem becomes frequent, a visit to the dentist is recommended.

Treatment of Mouth Ulcers and Canker Sores

Perhaps because of the widespread susceptibility to mouth ulcers, there are countless remedies for mouth ulcer. Here are some of them:

·       Brush your teeth using a soft toothbrush.
·        Use pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
·        Use topical medications, such as gels and pastes.

If it persists for over three weeks, it may be a sign of something worse. Thus, it is absolutely imperative that you seek a dentist as soon as possible.


Undoubtedly, mouth ulcers and canker sores are common and often painful conditions that can affect anyone. Early treatment is key to quick recovery.

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