What to Eat when you have Canker Sores

A canker sore is a very painful sore inside the mouth that is often referred to as a mouth ulcer. They are recognizable by their color which is usually a white or yellow circle that is red around the border. Medical and dental health professionals are not sure about the underlying cause of canker sores though they do suggest that exhaustion, poor diet or stress may often serve as a precursor to these uncomfortable sores. There is no specific diet that will prevent canker sores but you should try to eat a diet that supports your immune system in order to find relief from current sores and prevent canker stores in the future.

What To Eat When You Have Canker SoresThe foods that trigger canker sores are different for everyone. The best way to identify foods that bother you is to keep a food journal and write in detail what foods you consume each day. Ideally, you will be able to correlate the food you eat with the outbreak of new canker sores. Keeping a food diary does not often produce quick results, especially if you only get canker sores every once in a while.

A faster option to narrow down the food causes of these sores is to write down everything that you ate for 24 hours before your canker sore appeared. If you do think that they are caused by a specific food the next step is to remove it from your diet for a while to see whether or not it is the culprit.

The best diet for overall health is a balanced one which includes the right amount of vitamins and nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables as well as an appropriate amount of whole grains. A medical study recently published in ‘Acta Paediatrica’ discovered that children who get high amounts of vitamin C get 50% fewer canker sores than other children. However, the acid in many foods, such as citrus fruits that are rich in vitamin C, may actually irritate pre-existing canker sores. To get vitamin C from food sources that won’t irritate your mouth, try eating more sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, cabbage, berries, strawberries, papaya and mango. Try to avoid foods that can cause tissue damage. Hot, acidic or spicy foods may prevent your canker sores from healing quickly and may cause more damage to your mouth.What To Eat When You Have Canker Sores

Eating a balanced diet isn’t always easy and if you struggle to get all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need, you can consider taking a supplement to help you get all of the essential nutrients that you need. Also, if your canker sores are so painful that you struggle to eat or drink, you can consider creating a paste out of baking soda and water and applying it to the affected area. The baking soda will protect the sore from the acid found in food.

If you do not find this approach helpful, then you can try one of the over-the-counter medications or ointments recommended by the American Dental Association.

Another great way to prevent canker sores is to brush, floss and use mouthwash regularly, including after meals. By promoting a healthy mouth with these good hygiene habits, you will prevent your mouth and any sore from being taken over by bacteria. You should pay attention to the ingredients in your toothpaste, as some ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, can cause canker sores. You should remember that a healthy diet is essential for your overall health but it does not replace the care and medications provided by your doctor for both canker sores and other health conditions. If your canker sores last for more than two weeks, you consult your doctor or your dentist.