CAUSES – Canker sores are small ulcer craters in the lining of the mouth that can be painful and sensitive. Canker sores are very common. Women are slightly more likely than men to have them. The cause of canker sores is known. Some studies show that in about 20 percent of patients, canker sores are due partly to nutritional deficiencies, especially lack of vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron.
TREATMENT – Measures can be taken to alleviate the pain and discomfort and to hasten the course of the sores, as they tend to go away on their own. Over the counter medications and ointments that contain glycerin will help to protect the sore. Diphenhydramine and lidocaine can be prescribed by your doctor if the sores do not clear up on their own. Alternative treatments that can be used consist of myrr, tea tree, lavender, marsh mallow, slippery elm, calendula, and goldenseal.
PREVENTION – The following preventative measures should be used:
- Brush your teeth with disinfecting baking soda
- Eat 4 tbsp live-culture yogurt a day; it contains bacteria that can keep your system healthy
- Avoid foods that are spicy, salty, or acidic
- Take vitamin and mineral supplements C, B complex, folic acid, iron, and zinc