Canker sores bring a great deal of discomfort with them. They appear as small, painful ulcers on the cheeks, on the gums and soft palate and even on the tongue. The sores may be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, so in addition to pain, they may be accompanied by high fever, shivers and muscle weakness. As the body’s immune system is fighting the infection you should concentrate on a sensible diet, avoiding foods that are known to aggravate the sores, getting enough fluids and electrolytes.
Strong sense of burning or tingling inside the mouth is known to precede the outbreak of canker sores. They manifest as one or more small bumps with a white or yellow center and a red, inflamed border. The size of the sores can vary and is mostly determined by the type of sore. Minor sores account for the most of mouth lesions and smaller than 10 mm. Major sores are far less common, as they develop in people who’ve already had them before and are comprised of ulcers larger than 1 cm. Whether they are minor or major sores, you might experience a deal of unease and discomfort during talking, eating and swallowing.
Certain foods, specifically citrus fruits and vegetables including as apples, lemons, limes, oranges, limes, figs, apples and strawberries, are known to have a role in development of the ulcers and their aggravation. Avoid eating them and drinking juices that come from these fruits. You should avoid crunchy, spicy and hot foods and chewing gum as well. Eating them will only prolong the condition and even cause new sores to develop.
If you are afflicted by canker sores, you can help discomfort by eating bland and soft foods until the sores heal, including beans, peas and green peas, lentils, mashed potatoes, fried or scrambled eggs, shredded or soft cooked pork, beef and chicken, peanut butter and pudding.
Lack of B12 vitamin, iron, zinc and folic acid are known to have a key in appearance of mouth ulcers so you may need to consult a nutritionist do devise a proper dietary plan comprised of foods containing them or adding them as a dietary supplement.
Canker sores usually disappear without any therapy, but you can use mouth rinses and topical remedies to ease the pain and speed up the recovery. Some over-the-counter treatments are available to relieve canker sore pain and protect them from further becoming irritated and swollen when you brush your teeth or eat and drink. Consult with your dentist or a doctor on which will work best for you.
Also swap you regular toothbrush for a soft bristled one and avoid toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. It is a common foaming agent which is known to be related to appearance of canker sores.
You can use mouthwashes containing dexamethasone to help with the inflammation and pain. Prescription products, as well as over-the-counter ones such as gels, creams, pastes and liquids containing benzocaine, fluocinonide and most importantly hydrogen peroxide can help with the pain and speed healing if put directly onto the sores.