Causes of Mouth Ulcers

Do you suffer from recurrent mouth ulcers? (Canker sores)

If you’re one of the many who deal with them on a frequent basis, you know how painful they can be, particularly when you drink orange juice!

Doctors are not even sure what causes these sores but they’re believed to be the result of the immune system reacting to some external factor.

Thirty to forty percent of the population gets mouth ulcers and many will have recurring problems with them. These mouth sores occur in healthy people and there’s no evidence that this is a sign of an undiagnosed illness unless you have other symptoms.

Since they’re not contagious you can’t get a mouth sore from another person. Mouth ulcers are not the same thing as herpes virus related cold sores.

So what factors trigger mouth sores?

For some people it’s toothpastes containing the chemical sodium lauryl sulfate.

For others, exposure to certain foods can trigger the development of canker sores.

Common items such as chocolate and nuts have been implicated; however, acidic foods such as citrus fruits, vinegar and tomatoes are among the most frequent culprits.

Stress may play a certain role in the development of these sores.

In women starting a new menstrual cycle fluctuating hormone levels can trigger mouth sores.

Any local trauma to the inside of the mouth can also bring on an episode.

Even commonly used OTC medications such as ibuprofen have been associated with causing oral canker sores.

People who have a variety of medical disorders are more likely to develop mouth ulcers. Most of these disorders, including the very common inflammatory bowel diseases and celiac disease, are associated with an overactive immune system.