Do you suffer from painful mouth sores, commonly called canker sores, and which dentists call aphthous ulcers? Well, you are not alone. Up to 25% of the population experiences canker sores at one time or another, and we see canker sores frequently in our Suffolk County Dental office. The exact cause of aphthous ulcers is unknown but stress, lack of sleep, trauma to the teeth or mouth, or allergies may all trigger an ulcer, which is a break in the mucous membrane. There are various over-the-counter remedies, but no effective long-term treatment exists.
However a recent study demonstrated that one sublingual tablet per day of vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg) resulted in a significant reduction of aphthous ulcers. Painful ulcers can be soothed by avoidance of spicy food, rinsing with salt water or mouthwash, proper oral hygiene and non-prescription local anesthetic ointments.