Canker sores are a condition that affects the soft tissue lining of the oral cavity. The exact etiology of the condition remains unknown. Nevertheless, Dr. Jennifer Schau of Saginaw, MI wants to reassure her patients that canker sores are non-pathological, meaning they are neither infectious nor contagious.

Usually, canker sores run their course within 7-10 days. However, they often cause discomfort and aesthetic distress to patients, and anyone who is experiencing frequent recurrences of canker sores should schedule a consultation with Dr. Schau to evaluate treatment options and possible causes.

What Prompts Canker Sores

Studies have outlined several possible triggers of a canker sore. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing a canker sore include:

  • Family history of aphthous ulcers
  • A compromised immune system
  • Oral tumors
  • Hard-bristled toothbrushes or accidental self-inflicted bites
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Imbalanced diet
  • Deficiencies in vitamin B-12 and iron
  • Presence of a different viral infection in your body

Prevention

Reduce the chances of having a recurrent bout of canker sore by identifying and avoiding your triggers. Observe a healthy and balanced vitamin intake, practice good oral hygiene, minimize stress, and shield your mouth against oral irritants. If you have experience recurring canker sores or cold sores, call Dr. Schau and make an appointment to discuss treatment options and possible causes.

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