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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 8/4/2015

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