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iVillage: Oral Fixations: What Your Mouth Can Say About Your Health

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Oral Oddity: Canker Sores

Might mean:

These small ulcers, which appear on the soft tissue inside the mouth, can be triggered by stress or consuming too many acidic foods, says Maier. Frequent offenders include citrus and tomatoes. “Canker sores typically heal by themselves without treatment in about 10 to 14 days,” he says. “But to alleviate the uncomfortable burn and tingle they produce, call your doctor. He or she can prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse, a corticosteroid ointment, or topical steroid to reduce the pain and irritation.”

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