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Do you get small white or yellow bumps that may have a red border in your mouth from time to time? If so, those could be canker sores. It is perhaps one of the most common afflictions in the dental health community, impacting approximately one in five people, but the exact cause of the canker sore is unknown today.

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

Risk Factors
Although we don’t know the precise cause of canker sores, there could be some factors that can elevate the risk of developing them in your mouth. Some people have described canker sores as an abrasion in your mouth, so a mouth injury could leave you vulnerable. You may especially want to avoid biting your cheeks, lips or tongue. Changes in your hormone levels, or if your immune system is compromised, could also increase your chances for developing canker sores. Stress or fatigue can also play a role. Even food sensitivities could be a factor. If you already have a canker sore, you might reconsider eating spicy or acidic foods because they could cause some discomfort.

If you live near Watkinsville, Georgia, and would like additional information about canker sores, or to see Drs. Harmon-Smith or Anthony, please call Oconee Dental, PC at 706-769-1659 to schedule an appointment. We want you to enjoy your best dental health and smile.