Also known as recurrent minor aphthous ulcers or recurrent aphthous stomatitis, or just plain mouth ulcers, canker sores are small crater-like irritations that develop in the mouths of susceptible individuals.
Often smaller than the diameter of a pencil eraser, a typical canker sore is slightly raised, with reddened edges, like a mini volcano that blew its top or like a tiny moon crater.
They occur on the inside of the mouth – usually the cheeks – but sometimes on the gums or tongue, and even on the roof of the mouth.
They’re not usually painful by themselves; that is, until you eat something or talk. They’ll only bother you when you use your mouth.
They don’t like to be touched and they’ll let you know when they are.
Is there Really a Cure?
Yes, there is a simple way to get rid of canker sores so that you will rarely – if ever – get them again.
No drugs, vitamins, herbs or pills of any kind are needed, and no special mouth washes or magic elixirs are necessary either.
How to Stop Them Forever
I used to get canker sores all the time. So often in fact, that just as one would start to heal, another one would appear somewhere else to take its place, like a slow version of “Whac-a-Mole”.
These weren’t your everyday variety either. Mine were little monsters that got bigger and deeper and lasted longer as time went on.
I got them on my cheeks mostly, but the worst kind were the ones on my tongue. They were deep and nasty. They looked as though someone had attacked my tongue with a drill.
It was really frustrating and annoying. Even worse was that I couldn’t eat some foods I enjoyed, like oranges and other citrus fruits, cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce (pizza?…not a chance) – anything acidic – without the risk of getting more.
But now I can eat most anything I want and not have to worry about getting a single canker sore.
Did you ever accidentally bite your lip or the inside of your cheek? Seems kind of klutzy, I know, but when I did it, I could always depend on getting another canker sore.
Not anymore. Now when I have a mouth injury, it simply heals itself.
I did this by simply changing toothpastes. Unfortunately 99% of the toothpastes commonly available in the US contribute to canker sore formation. Here are some good toothpastes to prevent mouth sores.
Next: Canker sore treatment or remedy…that is the burning question.
Or, jump to a topic:
- Toothpaste causes canker sores? – Say it ain’t so.
- Toothpastes without caustic detergents – You mean I’ve been washing my own mouth out with soap all these years?
- I want to heal them naturally. – No chemicals for me.
- Just make ’em go away. – I don’t care about no stinkin’ chemicals.
- FAQ about RAS – Uh, that is, Frequently Asked Questions about Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis (affectionately known as canker sores).