What are Mouth Ulcers or Canker Sores And How Did I Get One?
Mouth Ulcers and Canker Sores can be extremely painful and difficult to heal. These sores usually begin as a red, ulcerated spot with a yellowish border. The ulcer then becomes covered by a yellowish mixture of fluids, bacteria, and white blood cells. The development of the sore may be proceeded by a burning or tingling sensation. The sores can appear on the tongue, lips, gums, or the insides of the cheeks. Canker sores range in size from as small as a pinhead to as large as a quarter. They appear suddenly and often leave suddenly, usually lasting from four to twenty days. Canker sores appear most often in females and some authorities believe they are contagious. They can be triggered by a number of factors including poor dental hygiene, irritation from dental work, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, stress, and fatigue. They may also result from an abnormal immune response to normal bacteria in the mouth. Stress and allergies are the most common cause of op