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CANKER SORES
(Aphthous Ulcers)


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  • Canker Sore Description
  • Canker Sore Frequent Signs & Symptoms
  • Canker Sore Causes
  • Canker Sore Prevention
  • Canker Sore Treatment
  • Diet & Nutrition Recommendations
  • Supplements & Dosages
  • Herbal Recommendations
  • Notify Your Health Care Provider
  • Canker Sore Relief Supplement Products




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    CANKER SORES DESCRIPTION

    BENIGN, PAINFUL ULCERS

    Canker sores are small, white swellings (lesions), that develop into benign, painful ulcers that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. They are also known as Aphthous Ulcers, These ulcers can appear on the tongue, the lips, the gums, or the insides of the cheeks. A canker sore begins as a round or oval red, ulcerated spot with a yellowish border. The ulcer then becomes covered by a coagulated yellowish mixture of fluids, bacteria, and white blood cells giving them a characteristic white or yellow center and a red border. The development of the sore may be preceded by a burning and tingling sensation, usually a day or two before the sores actually appear. They can be painful and can make eating and talking difficult.

    There are several types of canker sores, including minor, major and herpetiform sores.

  • Minor Canker Sores: Minor canker sores are the most common and are usually small, oval shaped with a red edge and heal without scarring in one to two weeks.
  • Major Canker Sores: Major canker sores are less common and are larger and deeper than minor canker sores. They are usually round with defined borders, but may have irregular edges when very large. They can be extremely painful and may take up to six seeks to heal and can leave extensive scarring.
  • Herpetiform Canker Sores: Herpetiform canker sores are uncommon and usually develop later in life, but they are not caused by herpes virus infection. These canker sores are pinpoint sized, often occurring in clusters of 10 to 100 sores, but may merge into one large ulcer. They have irregulalr edges and heal without scarring in one to two weeks.


  • Unlike cold sores, canker sores do not occur on the surface of your lips and they are not contagious. Canker sores do not form blisters as cold sores (fever blisters) do. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex type 1 virus and appears as small transparent blisters on the lips. These blisters typically form a crust, then dry out and disappear. The cold sore is commonly confused with the canker sore. The canker sore, on the other hand, is an inflammation, rather than an infection.

    mouth anatomy canker sore


    Canker sores afflict up to 20 to 50 percent of Americans each year. They appear most commonly in adolescents (first occurrence usually between the ages of 10 and 40), whose immune systems are not fully developed and in women just before the onset of their menstrual period. Women are about twice as likely as men to get them. If your parents suffered from canker sores, then you have a 90 percent chance of developing them. If you are stressed or your body is run down, you may get canker sores.

    Most canker sores go away on their own in a week or two. Check with your health care provider or dentist if you have unusually large or paiful canker sores or canker sores that do not seem to heal.





    CANKER SORE FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    CANKER SORE APPEARANCE

  • First a red, raised bump appears, then an ulcerated spot, usually 1/8 to 1/4 inch (1 to 2 mm to 1 cm, occasionally larger than 1 cm) in diameter, with pale yellowish or grayish-white coloring in the center and maybe a red "halo" border. The tissue underneath the layer of dead cells is extremely red and raw looking. The canker sore is usually most painful during the first 3 to 4 days. It may appear as a single ulcer or a crop (grouping) or cluster of ulcers.

  • Appears on tongue, lips, base of the gums, soft palate, or the insides of cheeks.

  • Burning, tingling sensation in the mouth. This sensation often occurs 6 to 24 hours before the sores appear.

  • Ulcer size ranges from pinhead to as large as a quarter.

  • Appear suddenly and often leave suddenly, usually lasting from 4 to 20 days (average is 5 to 10 days).

  • In severe cases, symptoms may include fever and a general feeling of discomfort, illness, uneasiness, or lack of well-being called malaise. Swollen lymph nodes and a slow, sluggish, lethargic feeling may occur.





  • CANKER SORE CAUSES

    SEVERAL POTENTIAL CAUSES & TRIGGERS

    The precise cause of canker sores remains unclear, though researchers suspect that a combination of factors contributes to outbreaks, even in the same person. Some experts believe that the painful mouth ulcerations are contagious, but others disagree. They do not seem to pose any health risk other than discomfort associated with the sore. Canker Sores can be triggered by any number of factors, including:

  • Gender. Most often occurs in females.
  • Genetics may play a role in having canker sore outbreaks.
  • Poor dental hygiene.
  • Minor injury and irritation from dental work (an example, orthodontic braces & dentures).
  • Food sensitivities, particularly these foods listed.
    • Chocolate.
    • Coffee.
    • Strawberries.
    • Eggs.
    • Nuts.
    • Cheese.
    • Spicy or acidic foods.
  • Food allergies. Avoid foods often associated with allergies.
    • Cow's milk.
    • Dairy, except yogurt products.
    • Gluten.
    • Buckwheat.
    • Whole Wheats.
    • Figs.
    • Cheese.
    • Apples.
    • Vinegar.
  • An allergic response to certain bacteria in your mouth.
  • An abnormal immune response to normal bacteria in the mouth.
  • Nutritional deficiencies have been liked to this disorder in some people.
    • Iron.
    • Lysine.
    • Vitamin B-12.
    • Folic Acid (Folate).
    • Zinc.
  • Hormonal imbalances or hormonal shifts during menstruation.
  • Vital infection.
  • Trauma, (such as biting the inside of the cheeks or using a hard-bristled toothbrush).
  • Hot food.
  • Emotional stress.
  • Fatigue.
  • Studies indicate that common toothpaste detergents may aggravate canker sores & be responsible for their onset.
  • An anti-tartar ingredient, called pyrophosphate, has been associated with mouth irritation.

  • Canker sores may also occur because of certain conditions and diseases, such as:

  • Canker sores may be caused by Helicobacter pylori, the same bacteria that causes peptic ulcers.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Celiac disease, a serious intestinal disorder caused by a sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in most grains.
  • Behcet's disease, a rare disorder that causes inflammation throughout the body, including the mouth.
  • A faulty immune system that attacks healthy cells in your mouth instread of pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria.
  • An underlying immunologic disease, such as HIV infection, which suppresses the immune system.

  • Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not associated with herpes virus infections.





    CANKER SORE RISK FACTORS

    FAMILY HISTORY, GENDER & AGE

    Anyone can develop canker sores. But they occur more often in teens and young adults, and they are more common in females.

    Often people with recurrent canker sores have a family history of the disorder. This may be due to genetics (heredity) or to a shared factor in the environment, such as certain foods or allergens.





    CANKER SORE PREVENTION

    PREVENTION TIPS

    LIFESTYLE

  • Keep emotional stresses to a minimum, reducing your stress levels. If your canker sores seem to be related to stress, learn and use stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation and guided imagery.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth regularly after meals and flossing once a day can help kee your mouth clean and free of foods that might triger a sore.
  • Brush your teeth with disinfecting baking soda and use a soft brush to prevent irritation to delicate mouth tissues.
  • Avoid using any dental products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate that may trigger a canker sore outbreak.
  • Protect your mouth. If you have braces or other dental appliances, ask your dentist about orthodonic waxes to cover sharpe edges.
  • Avoid foods or other allergens that may trigger an allergy response.

  • DIET & NUTRITION

  • Prevention is not fool-proof, but you can help prevent canker sores by eating a well balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Watch what you eat. Try to avoid foods that seem to irritate your mouth. These may include nuts, chips, pretzels, certain spicy, salty or acidic foods, such as pineapple, grapefruit and oranges. Avoid an foods to which you are sensitive or allergic.
  • Choose healthy foods. To help prevent nutritional deficiencies, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Eat 4 tablespoons of live-culture yogurt a day. Yogurt contains "good" bacteria that can keep your system healthy.
  • Take vitamin and mineral supplements. Pay special attention to supplements of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-Complex, Folic Acid, Iron (only if needed for anemia), and Zinc.




    CANKER SORE TREATMENT

    DIAGNOSIS

    PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

    Your health care provider or dentist can diagnose a canker sore based on its appearance. Here are some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

    Information to gather before your appointment:
    • A list of your symptoms, including when they first started and how they may have changed or worsened over time.
    • A list of all your medications, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins or other supplements, and their doses.
    • Any other medical conditions, to see if any relate to your symptoms.
    • Key personal information, including any recent changes or emotional stressors in your life.
    Questions to ask your health care provider or dentist to make your visit more efficient. Here are some basic questions to ask:
    • Do I have a canker sore?
    • If so, what factors may have contributed to its development? If not, what else could it be?
    • Do I need any tests?
    • What treatment approach do you recommend, if any?
    • What self-care steps can I take to ease my symptoms?
    • Is there anything I can do to speed up healing?
    • How soon do you expect my symptoms will improve?
    • Is there anything I can do to help prevent a recurrence?
    Do not hesitate to ask any other questions during your appointment.

    What to expect from your doctor or dentist - Be ready to answer questions from your health care provider or dentist, such as:
    • What are your symptoms?
    • When did you first notice these symptoms?
    • How severe is your pain?
    • Have you had similar sores in the past? If so, have you noticed if anything in particular seemed to trigger them?
    • Have you been treated for similar sores in the past? If so, what treatment was most effective?
    • Have you had any recent dental work?
    • Have you recently experienced significant stress or major life changes?
    • What is your typical daily diet?
    • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
    • What medications are you taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbs and other supplements?
    • Do you have a family history of canker sores?
    DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

    Tests are not needed to diagnose canker sores. Your health care provider or dentist can identify them with a visual exam. In some cases, you may have tests to check for other health problems, especially if your canker sores are severe and ongoing.

    Some diagnostic tests may be suggested by your health care provider or dentist to rule out other causes of mouth ulcers, including erythema multiforme, drug allergies, acute herpes simplex infection, pemphigus, pemphigoid, bullous lichen planus, and other disorders. Squamous cell carcinoma may first appear as a mouth ulcer that does not heal, but this is rare. A ulcer-like condition called hairy leukoplakia that occurs with AIDS may be mistaken for a common canker sore. A skin lesion biopsy may be used to differentiate a canker sore from other causes of mouth ulcers.

    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

    Most canker sores generally go away by themselves, and in most cases, you can safely ignore them. Treatment usually is not necessary for minor canker sores, which tend to clear on their own in a week or two. But large, persistent or unusually painful sores often need medical care. A number of treatment options exist.

    MOUTH RINSES

  • If you have several canker sores, your health care provider may prescribe a mouth rinse containing the steroid dexamethasone to reduce pain and inflammation or lidocaine to reduce pain. Some health care providers prescribe mouthwashes that contain tetracycline, an antibiotic, for canker sores. Tetracycline is not usually prescribed for children until after all the permanent teeth have come in. If they swallow the tetracycline suspension, it can permanently discolor teeth that are still forming. Herpetic stomatis, caused by a virus and produces multiple, painful mouth ulcers is usually treated with one of the antiviral agents such as acyclovir.

  • TOPICAL PASTES, CREAMS, GELS OR LIQUIDS

  • Many health care providers suggest the use of over-the-counter and preseription products (pastes, ointments, creams, gels or liquids, ointments) to relieve the pain discomfort and speed the healing of a canker sore if applied to individual sores as soon as they appear. These products are often used for a toothache. Look for an OTC medicine that contains glycerin, which protects the sore, and peroxide, which fights bacteria. These oral care product may contain benzocaine, diclonine, hydrochloride, or benzydamine hydrochloride.

  • If your sore does not respond to over-the-counter treatments or at-home treatments, your health care provider may prescribe a medication containing a steroid for the inflammation and lidocaine to relieve pain. Topical or oral corticosteroids are rarely used, but they may reduce inflammation. Dexamethasone suspension may be given with instructions to rinse the mouth and spit out; or dexamethasone, prednisone, or other corticosteroid may be given systemically.

  • Some products have active ingredients, such as:
    • Benzocaine (Anbesol, Kank-A, Orabase, Zilactin-B).
    • Fluocinonide (Lidex, Vanos).
    • Hydrogen peroxide (Orajel Antiseptic Mouth Sore Rinse, Peroxyl).
    There are many other topical products for canker sores, including those without active ingredients. Ask your health care provider or dentist for advice on which may work best for you.

  • The drug Zilactin is a gel-like ointment that is applied directly to the ulcer. It sticks to the canker sore and gives relief from irritating foods. Amlexanox is a prescribed anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic drug and has been reported to help reduce ulcer size.

  • If the sore is a result of another medical condition, such as a food allergy or sensitivity, the underlying condition should be diagnosed and treated.

  • ORAL MEDICATIONS

    Oral medications may be used when canker sores are severe or do not respond to topical treatments. These may include:

  • If you have an infection, your health care provider may treat it with an antibiotic.

  • Medications not intended specifically for canker sore treatment, such as the intestinal ulcer treatment sucralfate (Carafate) used as a coating agent and colchicine, which is normally used to treat gout.

  • Oral steroid medications when severe canker sores do not respond to other treatments. But because of serious side effects, they are usually a last resort.

  • CAUTERY OF SORES

    During cautery, an instrument or chemical substance is used to burn, sear or destroy tissue.

  • Debacterol is a topical solution designed to treat canker sores and gum problems. By chemically cauterizing canker sores, this medication may reduce healing time to about a week.

  • Silver nitrate is another option for chemical cautery of canker sores. It has not been shown to speed healing, but it may help relieve canker sore pain.

  • RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS

    If your canker sores relate to a more serious health problem, your health care provider will need to treat the underlying condition.

    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

  • Your health care provider may prescribe a nutritional supplement if you consume low amounts of important nutrients, such as Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid (Folate), or Zinc.


  • EXPECTED OUTCOME - THE PROGNOSIS

  • With treatment, canker sores should disappear anytime between 4 and 20 days.

  • Consult your dentist if you have a mouth sore that does not heal.

  • Complications may include secondary bacterial infections (cellulitis, Ludwig's angina) may rarely occur. Oral cancer is not a complications but ulcers lasting more than 2 weeks may be the caused by cancer and evaluated by your health care provider. Oral thrush or other candida infections may occur following the use of antibiotic treatment for canker sores.





  • DIET & NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS

    AT HOME SUGGESTIONS

  • Stress and allergies are probably the most common cause of open sores in the mouth. Avoid allergens that can trigger allergies. Reduce your stress as much as possible.

  • A mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide diluted with water to half-strength and 1 teaspoon each of Salt and Baking Soda to four ounces of water can be used as a rinse or gargle 4 times a day. A small amount of milk of magnesia may be dabbed on the canker sore 3 to 4 times a day after using the hydrogen peroxide and water mixture.

  • If you get recurrent canker sores, your toothpaste may be the culprit. Try toothpaste that does not contain the detergent sodium lauryl sulfate. This is a detergent that may cause the mucous surfaces in the mouth to dry out, leaving them vulnerable to attack from acidic foods. Also, do not use the same toothbrush for longer than one month. When canker sores on the gum are healing, it is best to use a very soft toothbrush. Brush your teeth gently. using a soft brush and foaming-agent-free toothpaste.

  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Personal Care - Toothpaste, Mouthwash, & Oral Care Recipes

  • To help relieve pain and speed healing, rinse your mouth. Use salt water or baking soda rinse (dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup warm water).

  • Apply ice to your canker sores by allowing ice chips to slowly dissolve over the sores.

  • Have a hair analysis done to treat for mineral levels.

  • Avoid chewing gum, lozenges, mouthwashes, tobacco, coffee, citrus fruits, and any other foods that you now trigger these sores.

  • If you have repeated attacks of canker sores, check for nutritional deficiencies.

  • DIETARY TIPS

  • Eat plenty of salad with raw onions. Onions contain sulfur and have healing properties.
  • Avoid sugar, citrus fruits, and processed and refined foods.
  • Avoid abrasive, acidic, or spicy foods that can cause further irritation and pain.
  • Include in the diet yogurt and other soured products such as kefir, cottage cheese, and buttermilk.
  • Do not eat fish or meat of any kind for 2 weeks. The consumption of animal protein increases the body's acidity, which slows healing.
  • Do not take Iron supplements unless your health care provider prescribes them. Obtain iron from natural food sources.

  • HOMEOPATHIC RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Consider trying the homeopathic remedies Belladonna, Echinacea, and Borax. These agents are commonly used in the treatment of canker sores.


  • To avoid getting canker sores, it is important to maintain a proper balance of minerals, acidity, and alkalinity in the body.

  • HERBAL RECOMENDATIONS

  • Alfalfa, Calendula, Cayenne (Capsicum), Comfrey, Garlic, and Peppermint are useful in the treatment of canker sores. Note: Due to controversy, Comfrey is recommended for external use only.

  • Use Burdock, Goldenseal, Pau D'Arco tea, and Red Clover to cleanse the bloodstream and decrease infection. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision.

  • Goldenseal Extract or Tea Tree Oil, applied gently on the sore twice during the day and again at bedtime, helps to speed healing. To use these as mouthwashes, add 3 drops to 4 ounces of water. Add a drop or two to your toothpaste before brushing. Use Alcohol-Free Goldenseal Extract.

  • Red Raspberry Leaf tea contains valuable flavonoids and is very helpful.

  • Skin Ointment with Grapefruit Seed Extract can be used topically for such things as scrapes, scratches and cuts. It can also be used on the lips and in the mouth on cold sores and canker sores.

  • Pascalite Clay is used in soap and toothpaste, applied as a poultice to insect bites, sunburns, infections, cold sores, canker sores and acne, and as a suppository for hemorrhoids. Users found it a potent skin cleanser and conditioner, drank it for heartburn and ulcers.

  • Rock Rose, also known as Sun Rose, used as a mouthwash, both heals and eases the pain of mouth sores.

  • Wintergreen mouthwash is a good antiseptic. Wintergreen oil can be rubbed into the sores for temporary relief.


  • MOUTH SORE OIL

    Put 1 drop of Geranium Essential Oil on a cotton ball and apply it directly to the sore, if possible as soon as it is suspected. Repeat every day. Also, massage the whole of the body including the face and neck with the following:

    10 Drops
    Geranium Essential Oil
    10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
    10 Drops Thyme Essential Oil
    8 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

    Dilute down the essential oils with a natural oil base, such as Jojoba Oil.



    WINTERGREEN MOUTHWASH

    4 ounces Water
    4 ounces Vodka (Vodka may be substituted for water OR a pure Rosemary tea infusion.)
    4 teaspoons Liquid Vegetable Glycerine, (Optional - simply sweetens the mouthwash.)
    20 to 25 Drops Wintergreen Oil (Adjust amount to suit your own tastes.)
    5 drops Myrrh Essential Oil (Optional - Myrrh can assist in mouth and gum care.)

    Notes: This recipe makes a rather minty mouthwash but as it contains no added flavorings, it is not as sweet or strong as commercially available mouthwashes. Thyme Essential Oil can also be added (5 drops) to the mixture for extra antiseptic properties. Thyme oil is used in Listerine mouthwash for its germ killing properties. It may slightly change the flavor profile.

  • For more recipes see MoonDragon's Toothpaste, Mouthwash & Oral Care Recipes & Information


  • NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    Very Important
    Acidophilus
    &
    Bifidus
    As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Aids in maintaining healthy balance of intestinal flora ("friendly" bacteria). Use a high-potency powdered form.

  • Acidophilus Supplement Products
  • Bifidus Supplement Products
  • L-Lysine
    500 mg 3 times daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. A deficiency may cause an outbreak of sores in and around the mouth. Caution: Do not take Lysine for longer than 6 months at a time.

  • Lysine Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-6 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-Complex
    50 mg of each B vitamin, 3 times daily (amounts individual vitamins in complex will vary). B vitamins are basic for immune function and healing. Aids in protecting the tissues.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-3
    (Niacin)
    50 to 100 mg 3 times dailay. Do not exceed this amount. Deficiencies have been linked to mouth sores. Caution: Do not take Niacin if you have aliver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.

  • Vitamin B-3 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-5
    (Pantothenic Acid)
    50 to 100 mg 3 times daily. An anti-stress vitamin necessary for adrenal function.

  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12
    1,000 to 2,000 mcg daily, on an empty stomach. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.

  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Folic Acid
    Vitamin B-9
    400 mcg daily. For healing and immune function.

  • Folic Acid Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C
    3,000 to 8,000 mg daily, in divided doses. See Ascorbic Acid Flush Fights infection and boosts the immune system. Use a buffered form, if available.

  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Important
    Zinc
    One 15 mg lozenge every 3 waking hours for 2 days. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Lozenges are recommended. Enhances immune function and aids healing.

  • Zinc Supplement Products
  • Helpful
    Garlic (Kyolic)
    3 tablets 3 times daily. Enhances immune function. Natural antibiotica and immunostimulant.

  • Garlic Herbal Products
  • Vitamin A
    50,000 IU daily for 10 days, then reduce to 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Put a few drops of Vitamin A oil directly on the affected area. Speeds healing, especially of the mucous membranes. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation.

  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Multivitamin
    And
    Multimineral Complex
    As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance for healing and tissue repair.

  • Multimineral Supplement Products
  • Multivitamin Supplement Products
  • Iron
    As prescribed by a health care provider. Take with 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. May be helpful if canker sores are related to iron deficiency. Caution: Do not take iron unless iron-deficiency is diagnosed.

  • Iron Supplement Products
  • Blackstrap Molasses
    Adults: 1 tablespoon twice daily.
    Children: 1 teaspoon twice daily.
    A natural source of iron, calcium, and other important vitamins and minerals.

  • Molasses Supplement Products





  • NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

  • If you have unusually large canker sores.
  • If you have recurring sores, with new ones developing before old ones heal, or frequent outbreaks.
  • If the sores extend into the lips themselves (vermilion border).
  • If you have pain that you cannot control with self-care measures.
  • If you have an extremely painful sore that needs attention and medication to relieve the pain.
  • If you have extreme difficulty eating or drinking.
  • If you have high fever along with canker sores.
  • If you have persistent sores lasting 14 days or more, this may indicate a more serious condition that needs treatment.
  • If you have an underlying health disorder or nutritional deficiency that needs attention.
  • If you have persistent multiple mouth sores, which may indicate an underlying problem, such as a drug reaction or, in rare cases, oral cancer or leukemia.
  • If you have a sore that does not fit the description above, it should be evaluated by your health care provider. Mouth sores can be caused by more serious disorders. Having it checked is important if you engage in oral sex or chew tobacco.
  • If you have questions about canker sores and their treatment.
  • If you have any unexplained or unusual symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, headache, or skin rash. Some treatments may produce some side effects in sensitive individuals.


  • See your dentist if you have sharp tooth surfaces or dental appliances that seem to trigger the sores.





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  • Brewers Yeast Supplement Products
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    CANKER SORE SKIN PRODUCTS

    Canker sores are shallow, painful sores on the inside of the lips, the inside of the cheeks, or on the gums. They begin as small, reddish swellings. Then they burst, and the ruptured sores are covered with a white or yellow membrane. The edges of the sores are still red, and look like a painful red halo. Without a canker sore remedy, canker sores (medically: aphthous ulcers) heal in 2 to 3 weeks. Canker sores are most prevalent among teenagers and people in their twenties. Nobody knows for sure what causes canker sores, although Vitamin B-12 deficiency, Iron deficiency and food allergies are all suspected.

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    HerbsPro: Orajel Mouth Sore Pain Relief Gel, Orajel, 0.18 oz.
    Temporarily relieves pain caused by: canker sores, cold sores, fever blisters, minor irritation or injury of the mouth and gums.
    HerbsPro: Anbesol Mouth Wash Liquid, Regular Strength, Cool Mint, 0.41 oz.
    HerbsPro: Orajel Mouth Sore Pain Relief Gel, Arm & Hammer, 0.42 oz
    Temporarily relieves pain caused by canker sores, cold sores, fever blisters, minor irritation or injury of the mouth and gums. Cut open tip of tube on score mark. Adults and children 2 years and over: Apply to affected area up to 4 times daily or as directed by a dentist or doctor. Children under 12 years: Should be supervised in the use of this product. Children under 2 years: Ask a dentist or health care provider.
    HerbsPro: Canker & Cold Sore Relief, Liddell Laboratories, 1 fl. oz.
    Canker & Cold Sore Relief, Homeopathic Remedy for Canker and Cold Sores. Many of us have experienced these awful and uncomfortable sores. Not only are they painful, they are embarrassing, This product is a remarkable sublingual spray that can really help. Two sprays three times a day is all that is needed to provide safe and natural holistic relief. Help make your life more comfortable. Relieves symptoms associated with cold sores, canker sores and fever blisters, such as: Skin ulcers. Inflammation. Swelling. Soreness.
    HerbsPro: Canker-X Pain Relief Gel, GUM Brand, 8 ml
    Patented triple action gel used for fast pain relief that lasts for hours and protective barrier to promote healing. Alcohol and benzocaine free.


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    Kalyx: Canker Care Plus Gel, Quantum Oral Care, 0.33 oz: HF
    Kalyx: Canker Care Plus Herbal Canker Sore Gel, Quantum Oral Care, 0.33 fl oz: K
    Herbal canker sore gel provides immediate pain relief with Lysine and 12 healing herbs with a soft brush applicator and soothing protective gel. Eliminates canker sore pain. Speeds canker sore healing. Forms protective gel over canker sore. Soft brush for painless application. A blend of vegetable glycerin with lysine, licorice DGL, calendula extract, certified organic aloe vera gel, zinc gluconate, peppermint oil, echinacea extract, goldenseal extract, vitamin b-12, myrrh extract, bee propolis extract, cajeput oil, tea tree oil, clove bud oil. Apply to affected area up to 4 times a day or as directed by a health care provider or denied.
    Kalyx: Canker Cover, Quantum Oral Care, 150 mg, 6 Patches: HF
    Immediate pain relief and total protection from food and drink. Lasts 8 to 12 Hours. Adheres easily and forms a clear gel patch. Treats 4 to 6 sores. Canker Cover adheres to any mouth ulcer and becomes a clear, gel-like patch. One patch fully treats most sores. Free Of Sugar, glucose, gluten, lactose, and preservatives. Less than 1 calorie.
    Kalyx: Canker Cover Oral Patch, Mint Flavor, Starwest Botanicals, 130 mg: C


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