Reasons For Getting Canker Sores In Mouth
How does a canker sore in mouth occur?
Having canker sores in mouth is never fun. If you have one, you know how painful it is. Maybe you’ve been thinking of just how can they happen. Are you prone to getting these agonizing oral irritations frequently? The medical term used is aphthous ulcer, but the world commonly refers to it as a canker sore.
Although considered mild lesions on the tongue, they can cause extreme pain. Typically, they present themselves as a white or yellowish “bump” encircled in a red area of inflammation. Thankfully, cankers are always a benign (non-cancerous) lesion. (They are never a malignant tumor). Some think they are herpes simplex (a “cold sore”), but they are not.
Research cannot explain exactly why, but statistically cankers sores occur more often in women than in men. Age does not seem to have a significant factor regarding them, as young and old alike can be susceptible. Cankers can be seen in children as young as 5 years old.
Although commonly found on the tip of the tongue, they can also present themselves on the palate (roof of the mouth), inside the lips and cheeks, and even low on the gum-line.
It is understood that they are hereditary. Studies have shown that certain precursors for these lesions may be traced back several generations, seeming to support this idea. It also seems people with gluten sensitivity (at least in some people I know) that eat foods high gluten seem to break out in these sores more often. Celiac disease is a hereditary disease, possibly lending credibility to the link that canker sores can be prone to show up from one family member to the next. A person can have the gene that causes celiac disease without having the actual disease itself – and may never get it.
Many specialists in the field believe this condition is linked to the human immune system. This trait, a weakening of the immune system and a breakdown of the body’s ability to defend itself against infection, is seen in celiac disease as gluten effects the tiny hairs in the small intestines, thereby messing with proper food digestion. This could explain what is happening – at least on some level – with the body’s inability to fight of a canker sore. Simply speaking, if the body is deficient in nutrients, it can open us up to a host of various infections.
Someone without a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is still susceptible if they have poor nutrition. Typically here in the U.S., we tend to be getting insufficient amounts of proper phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Unfortunately, we can’t know for sure what it is we are deficient in that is causing our cankers. Such nutrients as vitamin B-12, folic acid, and iron are believed to have a role in preventing these sores.
Having certain dental procedures, or even overly assertive brushing of the teeth, can bring about cankers. Biting the tongue or inside of the mouth can, too.
These lesions can also occur when we experience hormonal change, mental exhaustion, and even menstrual cycles in women. Being allergic to food can have an effect as well. Aggravating the tender tissue fibers inside the mouth with harsh chemicals can also start canker formation.
Well, now you know the some common reasons why we get canker sores, although many others exist. Remedying these irritations is possible, and there are things you can do to help prevent you from getting them in the first place. Many safe and natural methods to treat and prevent canker sores in mouth are available.