We’ve all had them: canker sores.
You know the ones, those round, painful little sores you get on the inside of your mouth.
One of the major problems with canker sores is that, while they’re super uncomfortable, the general advice most people receive is to wait for them to heal on their own.
But to find out more about what causes canker sores and how to get rid of them at home, I spoke to Vidya Sankar, DMD, an assistant professor of oral medicine, infection, and immunity at the Harvard School of Dentist Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine executive committee.
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What Causes Canker Sores?
The short answer is that doctors aren’t super sure—but there are plenty of things that could be behind these annoying little wounds. “The pathogenesis (read: the cause of canker sores) is unknown.
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