What Causes Canker Sore (Mouth Ulcer) and How You Can Treat It
Certainly, most of us have experienced the pain of canker sore, a.k.a. aphthous ulcer and mouth ulcer, just like the photos above. There are people who suffer from canker sore practically throughout the year. There are those who accidentally bite their lips or tongue while eating fish or hard foods that causes canker sore. But why it happens?
Let us start from the causes of canker sore (aphthous ulcer). We believe that there are three causes if we divide it approximately. One is caused by bacteria, one is caused by virus, and one is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency and also stress. However, these three causes are intricated with each other by the brain waves.
We believe that most cases of canker sore start from small injury caused by accidental biting. However, there are those caused by other reasons.
At first, let's talk about how to treat canker sore when it is caused by accidental biting. Initially, gurgle with plain lukewarm water and do not apply any medication. Simply, your saliva will heal it in a matter of days. Of course, when the injury or bites are severe, then some other treatment may be needed. Usually, it will heal up in a week. If it doesn't heal within 10 or 15 days, consult your physician, as it might not be a simple canker sore but a kind of cancer or something.
Previously, we mentioned that one of the causes of canker sore is stress. As we observed, most cases of canker sore is caused by stress. Well, what is stress or what kind of stress that makes canker sore? Stress includes fatigue caused by overwork, too much thinking, financial or family problems, computer operators who have to concentrate, telephone operators, desk workers who have to be sitting down for more than eight hours a day, salespersons who have to keep standing for more than eight hours a day, and so forth. There are many reasons that lead to stress symptoms that may then lead to canker sore.
Our mouth contains millions of miscellaneous bacteria, and our saliva prevents the bacteria from multiplying and harming the mouth and its surrounding area. Saliva is the major cleaning fluid that eliminates bacteria before the scratched or bitten area of the mouth turns to canker sore. We need a lot of saliva to wash out such bacteria every now and then, but we understood that stress will dramatically reduce the production of saliva, which may then lead to canker sore.
Here, we learned that the amount of saliva reduces to more than three folds when we are stressed. How did they measure it? Simple! Volunteers sit with saliva scopes in their mouth, and placed balloons with water in them. Balloons are inflated by hand pump. The volunteers' stresses are measured this way.
From this experiment, we learned that stress controls the replacement of cells, which may lead to ulcerous surface of the tongue, lips, gums, as well as other parts of the body.
For sure, many failed to heal up using ointments purchased at drugstores or medications prescribed by doctors. What was wrong? Most medicines prescribed for canker sore are steroid type and does not kill bacteria at all. Yes, steroid type medicines can reduce pain. Probably, that's all. We also noticed that steroid treatments make canker sore remain longer.
Well, what is the best medication? We do not know but we can tell you from our observations that gurgling with plain lukewarm water 3–4 times a day and keeping it that way was the best of all ways. We notice that miscellaneous bacteria can be reduced 10 times or even more by gurgling with plain water alone, and the bacteria-reduced condition lasted 2–3 hours!
It is also good to take vitamin B12 if the cause is vitamin B12 deficiency. Also, be careful that if your canker sore does not heal up within 10–15 days, then it might be a sign of more serious condition called “leukoplakia”, and even cancer. We recommend that you consult your physician.
As we have repeatedly said in our articles, diseases may be caused by your lifestyle and stress. Let us live in just.