Marriott and Hand explain the risks of mouth ulcers, and why you may experience these more than other people in your life.
What are Mouth Ulcers?Mouth ulcers or canker sores can be extremely painful and they usually appear as a crater sore (a sore that appears to have a hole in the centre). While generally these ulcers don’t require any treatment to resolve they can be extremely painful and could indicate something about your mouth as a habitat for bacteria.
- You’ve been eating acidic or spicy foods (and possibly too much)
- You may have traumatised the gum with something sharp or abrasive, such as the corner of a piece of toast
- A vitamin deficiency (such as B-12, zinc, folate or iron)
- Hormone imbalances
- You’re stressed
- You may have an autoimmune disorder although this is much rarer