Canker Sores (cont.)
Canker Sore Prevention
- Avoid anything that could cause trauma - even minor trauma - to the mouth, such as hard toothbrushes and rough foods.
- Stress reduction: For many individuals, stress is a reason for more recurrent attacks, and stress-management techniques may decrease the frequency of attacks.
- Avoid toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate if you tend to get canker sores.
- Do not talk while chewing.
- Have any irregular dental surfaces repaired.
- Hormonal factors can sometimes trigger an outbreak in women during the premenstrual phase,
and oral contraceptives may be helpful.
- If the affected individual has a deficiency of iron, folic acid, or vitamin B12, make sure
to take the appropriate supplements; however, in most cases, this will not produce any improvement in the recurrence of the ulcers.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/8/2014
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