Aphthous ulcers, or canker sores, affect more than 3 million people in the United States every year. These sores can occur inside the mouth near the gums and on the soft tissue inside the mouth however, they are not contagious. They usually heal on their own within 10-14 days. However, if they are unusually large, recurring or persistent, or extremely painful, medical attention may be required. Some things that contribute to canker sores are a minor injury to your mouth, emotional stress, food sensitivities, vitamin deficiencies, and toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. To reduce the chances of getting a canker sore, you can watch what you eat, avoiding certain spicy, salty, and acidic foods; practice good oral hygiene, and reduce stress.



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