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Given this additional information about canker sores, I began to wonder if dietary exposure to gluten had somehow played a significant part in Melissa's precipitous descent into an autistic-like state.
Canker sores in the mouth may be caused by bacteria or viruses, by chemical irritants such as alcohol and tobacco, or by gastric upset.
Experts estimate recurrent canker sores affect 20% to 30% of the population, with a tendency to run in families.
Between 20% and 50% of young people will get one to four episodes of canker sores each year on the soft tissues of the mouth but not the hard palate or gingivae.
The woman was originally from Jamaica; when she was growing up, this bitter-tasting herb was used as a compress for canker sores. Having vacationed in Jamaica, I had been introduced to sorrel as a Christmas beverage--I recalled that it tasted a little like ginger.
Viruses, hormonal imbalance, allergy, stress, and trauma have all been implicated in the production of canker sores, of which the last, trauma, is most certainly a factor.
Orajel Protective Mouth Sore Discs provide maximum strength pain reduction and protection against mouth sores, canker sores and denture pain.
A canker sore that lasts longer than a week without any signs of healing may be an indication of a more serious medical problem.
While such products as Violight's UV sanitizers and Orahealth's treatments for canker sores and its soon-to-be-released formulas for other oral health conditions have helped take the category in new directions, most industry insiders note that in recent years makers of oral care products have also made strides in advancing the effectiveness of the items they market.
Del has also addressed the 20% of the nation with recurring canker sores, introducing Orajel Ultra Canker Sore Medicine.
Colgate Orabase Sooth-N-Seal is designed to function like a flexible liquid bandage, sealing off irritated nerve endings and forming a protective barrier over the canker sore. The protection lasts for up to six hours, company officials say, allowing consumers to eat and drink normally without further irritation.
The Rembrandt line has since expanded to include a brushing gel, a canker sore pain relief kit, a nonalcohol-based mouthwash, breath drops, a toothpaste and a mouthwash that are formulated with natural ingredients, and other dentifrices.