What Causes Canker Sore?
Canker Sores often develop as small white or yellow center lesions with a red border. They develop in the mouth on the tongue, inside cheek areas, lips, gum line and throat area. They are not contagious. Canker sores may occur as one sore or several. The exact cause is unknown, but trauma or injury to the mouth or oral soft tissues may be the culprit. Other possible causes are food sensitivities, spicy, salty or acidic foods, vitamin B deficiency, hormonal shifts and stress.
There are three major categories of aphthous ulcers (canker sores) found in the mouth:
- 80% of canker sores are minor aphthous ulcers. These appear as round white lesions 2 mm to 8 mm in size, surrounded by a thin red halo usually occurring with a duration time of 10 to 14 days.
- 10% to 15% of canker sores are major aphthous ulcers, usually larger than 10 mm in diameter. These lesions can last two to eight weeks.
- 5% to 10% of canker sores are herpetiform aphthous ulcers, which are multiple ulcerations 2 mm to 3 mm in size that, when close enough to each other, can come together into one large ulcer. These types of canker sores last 10 to 14 days, and can be very painful.
Canker Sore Remedies
StellaLife’s VEGA Oral Care Gel relieves pain and significantly accelerates canker sore healing time to 2-3 days instead of 10-14 days. Dr. Froum, Editorial Director of Perio-Implant Advisory, published a study titled "Canker sores: An old enemy facing new treatment."
His conclusion: "For aphthous ulcer treatment, StellaLife offers a gel that is applied to the ulcer area with a clean cotton swab five to seven times a day. This application can decrease pain intensity and reduce ulcer duration from 10 to 14 days down to just two to three days after onset."
- Canker sores: An old enemy facing new treatment by Dr. Scott Froum, Editorial Director, Perio-Implant Advisory
Adults and children over the age of 6 years: Wash hands. Apply to upper and lower gums and surgical area using a cotton swab. Allow gel to dissolve. Do not eat or drink for 20 minutes after application. Apply 3 times per day or as directed by a dental professional. Consult your dental professional for use in children under 6 years of age. Learn more
ADDITIONAL PRODUCT: For best results add the StellaLife VEGA Oral Care Rinse - Shake well. Swish in the mouth for 1-2 minutes and then apply the Gel. Learn more
Dental Professional: "17 yr old patient with history of chronic multiple aphthous ulcers. Had him swish with VEGA rinse 3 times daily and use the gel directly on the ulcers. Saw him about 3 weeks later and he said he had not had any ulcers for 2 weeks. That's the longest period time in years without an ulcer! He has been using it now around 2-3 months. He is very pleased with StellaLife." - - Dr. Jack Morrow, TX: Learn more
This information is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.