Tips to Prevent Canker Sores

Prevention of Canker Sores

The most effective prevention of canker sores is learning how this health condition’s formation is triggered. By definition, canker sores are mouth ulcers characterized by shallow hollows that can easily get irritated. Thus, when a person has canker sores in the mouth, eating and/or drinking becomes a difficult thing to do. While canker sores are very common, they are differentiated according to types – the simple and the complex. Simple canker sores appear at least three times to a max of four annually and may last to a week each time. The condition is very usual to kids and young adults, 10 to 20 years of age. The complex canker sores, on the other hand, are rarer and are usual to those who have previous history of the mouth ulcer.

Simple canker sores are commonly caused by tissue injury, stress, acidic foods, and sharp dental surfaces. Prevention of canker sores caused by any of these things is also simple, by going moderate on the causes of the condition. The complex ones, on the other hand, are more difficult to prevent as they are commonly caused by another health condition that may be lying dormant in the host’s body. Among the conditions that can be associated to this are celiac and/or Crohn’s disease, impaired immune system, and nutritional problems that can include deficiency in folic acid, iron, vitamin B12, and zinc.

Prevention of canker sores is thus easier to do if a person is well adept to his or her medical conditions. Doing so can keep someone from experiencing pain as well as fever, sluggishness, and/or swelling of lymph nodes in worst cases. It should also be noted that there is no current cure to these conditions except laser procedures.

To keep herself from all these, it will be good to do these Tips to Prevention of Canker Sores:

1. Steer clear from foods that can cause canker sores. This includes acidic fruits and vegetables like apples, citrus, figs, lemons, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, and tomatoes. Spicy foods are also common irritants so they should be taken moderately as prevention to canker sores.
2. Avoid chewing gum. Gums or the habit of chewing it can eventually lead to irritation inside the mouth and thereby trigger canker sores. As preventive measure, this habit should be lessened if not totally abated.
3. Brush teeth as advised by a dentist. Dentists advise their patients to brush their teeth every after eating a meal, which means at least three times a day. And this has to be done with a soft bristled toothbrush to ensure that the gums will not be irritated as well as scarring the teeth. Doing so will also keep canker sores from developing, which stays true with daily flossing.

It is always easier to prevent a health condition from forming than treating it, which can surely disrupt the daily schedule. Simple but painful canker sores are not excluded on this. By simply following the above three tips, prevention of canker sores can be effectively done so there is no reason why anyone should experience such sores anymore.

Written By Nurse009

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