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Top 5 causes of mouth sores and ulcers

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Sores or more appropriately Canker sores can occur at any age or any time. Research shows though that people who are between the ages of 10 to 20 are more likely to experience simple canker sores than others. Complex canker sores on the other hand see no age boundaries and more often occur among people who have had a history of canker sores since early age.

Like most answers to medical diseases, canker sores are also undiagnosed as to why the take place. Different researchers quote different causes but there is no consensuses as yet. Unlike most oral or dental diseases canker sores do not occur due to any confirmed cause. So how can these sores or ulcers be avoided and what measures be taken to get rid of them? Here are 5 top causes that most researchers agree upon due to which canker sores take place.

1.    Nutritional Deficiency

Many studies of people suffering from canker sores show that people who have a deficiency of zinc, iron or folic acid are the ones who are most likely to suffer from these ulcers. Lack of calcium not only further instigates the problem but also enhances and prolongs the canker sore condition. The best way to avoid this issues? Make sure that you eat a healthy, well balanced diet and take vitamins regularly.

2.    Vitamin Deficiency

Did you know that almost all the problems that occur on the inside or outside of the skin take place due to some kind of vitamin deficiency? This includes the inside of the mouth too and hence the canker sores. Studies show that lack of vitamin B-12 leads to a rise of canker sores in kids and adults alike. Keep in mind though that the problem is more common among kids because they are the ones who dislike eating fruits and vegetables that are the main source of this vitamin.

So what is the solution? Make sure that your kids not only take proper diet of fruits and veggies but also use vitamin capsules if they are suffering from canker sores.

3.    Fruits and Vegetables

This may come as a surprise but there actually are some fruits and vegetables that can cause canker sores. The problem is that even though these veggies and fruits in themselves are healthy, but people who suffer from canker sores or mouth ulcers can harm themselves by their use. Citric fruits like lemons, oranges pineapples, grapefruits are rich in citric acid which means that they instigate the sores in the mouth. What needs to be kept in mind though is that these fruits do not cause the actual problem, but only makes the sores more damaging.

4.    Immune System

It cannot be stressed enough how dangerous it is to have a poor immune system, not only for the overall health of the person, but also for mouth sores and ulcers. There are various studies that show that people who have poor immune systems are more susceptible to mouth sores. Even though it is not clear what is the correlation between the two, but it can be concluded that poor immune would not be able to heal the sores quickly and completely.

5.    Injuries

Have you recently acquired any kind of injury to the mouth? If so then research shows that injuries or stress to the tissues of the mouth can also lead to canker sores or mouth ulcers. This can be because of some kind of wound or harsh brushing or flossing routines. Dental tools or equipment also cause injuries. So make sure you are extra careful.

April 18, 2017

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