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Do you occasionally have small white or yellow bumps that may have a red border in your mouth? If so, they could be canker sores. Possibly one of the most common infirmity in the dental health community, affecting about one in five people, but the exact cause of canker sores is currently unknown.

What are Canker Sores?
As previously mentioned, cankers are small white sores that can form on the inside of your mouth. Canker sores could reoccur or form in clusters. Despite what some may believe, they are not contagious. Cankers can be small in appearance and typically have an oval or round shape.

Risk Factors
Even though we don’t know the exact cause of canker sores, there may be certain factors that can elevate your chances of developing them. Some people describe canker sores as an abrasion in your mouth, so a mouth injury could leave you vulnerable. Especially try not to bite your cheeks, lip or tongue. Changes in your hormone levels or having a compromised immune system could also elevate your risk for developing a canker sore. Stress or fatigue could also raise your chances. Even food sensitivities could play a role. If you’ve already developed a canker sore, eating spicy or acidic foods could cause some discomfort.

If you live in Suwanee, Georgia, and want more information about canker sores, or to see Drs. Desai or Trowell, please call Family Dentistry and Orthodontics at 770-232-2783 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you reach your best dental health and smile.