Canker Sores are small hollow ulcers that develop in the mouth and usually make eating and talking uncomfortable. There are two types of canker sores:
- Simple canker sores. These can develop three or four times a year and last up to a week. They usually happen in people between 10 and 20 years of age.
- Complex canker sores. These are not as common and happen more often in people who have previously had them.
Causes of Canker Sores
The main cause of most canker sores is still not known. Stress or tissue injury is said to be the cause of simple canker sores. Some foods, such as citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables ( like lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries) can cause a canker sore or make the issue worse. Sometimes a sharp tooth surface or dental tool, such as braces or dentures not fitting correctly, can also trigger canker sores.
Some cases of complex canker sores have an onset because of an underlying health condition, such as a damaged immune system; nutritional complications, such as vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid, or iron deficiency; and gastrointestinal (GI) tract disease, such as Celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.
Are Cold Sores and Canker Sores the Same Thing?
They are not. Although cold sores and canker sores are usually confused for each other, they are not the same. Cold sores, also called a fever blister or herpes simplex type 1, are groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters. Not to be confused with canker sores, cold sores are created by a virus and are immensely contagious. Also, cold sores usually happen outside the mouth, typically under the nose, around the lips, or under the chin, while canker sores happen inside the mouth.
Symptoms of Canker Sores
You might be experiencing a canker sore if you have:
- A painful sore or sores inside your mouth, on the tongue, on the back portion of the roof of your mouth, or inside your cheeks
- A tingling or burning sensation before the appearance of the sores
- Sores in your mouth that are round, white, or gray in color, with a red edge or border
In severe canker sore attacks, you can also have:
- Physical sluggishness
- Swollen lymph nodes
Treatment options for Canker Sores
Pain from a canker sore typically gets better in a couple of days and the sores usually heal without treatment in about a week or two.
At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with canker sores. We use our Class IV Laser Therapy (laser acupuncture therapy) that quickens the healing time of canker sores, big or small, making you get the pain relief you’ve been searching for.
Using laser therapy has many advantages. This little beam of light helps the healing process with superficial wounds and other complications of the body such as:
- Skin diseases/Eczema
- Skin rashes/ poison ivy
- Cold sores/Canker sores
- Insect bites
- Scars/ cuts and scratches
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Neck/shoulder/back pain
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions Laser Therapy, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.