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Did you know that roughly one in five people get canker sores? Are you one of the five? Do you sometimes get small white or yellow bumps with a red border in your mouth? These may be canker sores. Perhaps one of the most common infirmities to assail the dental health community, yet we still don’t know the exact cause of the canker sore.

What are Canker Sores?
As already stated, cankers are small white sores that can form inside of your mouth. Canker sores can return, or they could form in clusters. Despite what may be popular belief, they are not contagious. Cankers can appear to be small, round or oval shaped bumps.

Risk Factors
Even though the exact cause of canker sores is unknown, there are certain factors that may elevate your chances of developing them. Some have described canker sores as being an abrasion in your mouth. That being said, a mouth injury could leave you vulnerable to them. If your hormone levels change, or you have a compromised immune system, your chances for developing a canker sore may increase. Stress or fatigue could also contribute to raising your chances. Even food sensitivities can change the game. If you have a canker sore already, eating spicy or acidic foods could cause some discomfort.

If you live nearby Boerne, Texas, and would like more information on canker sores, or to see Dr. Chet B. Hawkins, please call Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc at 830-443-4352 for an appointment. We enjoy helping you reach your best dental health and smile.