Sometimes it doesn't bother you for months, and then suddenly there are one or two of those painful blisters in your mouth again. We tell you what ulcers are and how to get them.
And even more important: whether there is a remedy.
What are ulcers?
Canker sores are unpredictable, painful things. They suddenly appear on the inside of your lips and cheeks and under your tongue. They are greyish-white or yellow sores, usually with a diameter of between 3 and 8 millimeters. Because of the pain, they can make eating and drinking a lot less comfortable.
Causes of ulcers
How ulcers get in your mouth is not entirely clear. It could be related to sleep deprivation, stress, wounds in the mouth, reduced resistance, hypersensitivity to certain food components or hormonal changes. But none of those suspicions have been proven, reports GPs.
Smoking, snacking and poor oral hygiene (inflamed gums) help the bad mouth bacteria and make your mouth more sensitive to ulcers. Toothpastes with the sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) foaming agent would also be less good. There are indications that the use of a toothpaste with mild foaming agent (such as in Elmex, Zendium or Parodontax) helps to prevent mouth ulcers. Some people even seem to get mouth sores from tropical fruits, such as kiwi, mango and fresh pineapple.
Remedy for canker sores
A canker sore usually goes away automatically after about a week, although sticking together ulcers may take two to three times as long to disappear. If a canker sore hurts a lot, you can get an anti-ulcer remedy from the drugstore or pharmacy. He or she will give you a fluid that will ease the pain. It would also help to melt an aspirin in your mouth and to push this as much as possible with your tongue against the canker sore.
Avoid sour food
In addition, avoid acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, because the acid irritates the canker sore. It is also better to temporarily leave spicy food and chew gently. A brilliant tip that we had not come up with ourselves came from the website, Grandma knows what to do: "Push a slice of (fresh) ginger for ten minutes. The pain disappears almost immediately, and the same day or the day after, too. "We have not (yet) tried this tip, but it sounds promising. Does an ulcer remain (longer than two weeks)? Then contact your dentist.