I keep getting canker sores? It almost seems like before one goes away, I get another. What is causing this and is there something I can take or rinse my mouth with to prevent them? Thanks. Jerome
Jerome – There are many things that can cause canker sores. You really need to visit a dentist to have your sores and mouth examined, but some of the causes are listed below.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate – you may be sensitive to this ingredient, which is commonly found in mouthwash and toothpaste
- Sensitivity to food, including highly acidic food, and chocolate, strawberries, coffee, nuts, and eggs
- A vitamin or mineral deficiency – vitamin B-12, zinc, folate (folic acid) or iron
- An injury to your mouth from dental work, aggressive tooth brushing, a sports accident, or biting your cheek
- Emotional stress
- Hormonal changes
- Immune disorder, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, or other conditions
In addition to an examination, a dentist will review your history of canker sores, and your medical history to determine what is causing them. You will also receive appropriate treatment, which may be a mouth rinse, topical paste, oral medication, or whatever is appropriate for your case. Call a dentist to schedule an appointment for an examination.
This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.