A to Z: Apthous Ulcers (Canker Sores)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgApthous ulcers, or canker sores, are non-contagious small ulcers that can occur inside the mouth, often causing discomfort during eating or talking.oral aphthae, canker sores, aphthous ulcers, nutritional deficiencies, mouth injuries, lip biting, emotional stress, folic acid, vitamin B12, iron, oral, moth, sores in mouth, mouth sores, ulcers, ulcered02/11/201303/18/201909/02/20198c3a7c14-a96a-4fa6-b190-92f200575ea5https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-apthous.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: Canker Sores; Oral Aphthae; Aphthous Stomatitis</strong></p> <p>Apthous ulcers, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/canker.html/">canker sores</a>,&nbsp;are small ulcers that occur inside the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mouth-teeth.html/">mouth</a>, often causing discomfort during eating or talking. They are not contagious and not associated with <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold-sores.html/">cold sores</a> that appear outside the mouth.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>No one knows exactly what causes apthous ulcers, but many factors put a person at risk for getting them. Diet; emotional <a class="kh_anchor">stress</a>; nutritional deficiencies of folic acid, vitamin B12, or iron; and food allergies can all contribute.</p> <p>Mouth injuries, such as biting the inside of the lip or brushing too hard, also can bring on the sores. Sometimes apthous ulcers&nbsp;indicate a person has an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a> disorder or other health condition.</p> <p>Anyone can get apthous ulcers, but teens and people in their early twenties are affected the most.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Although painful, apthous ulcers are generally not serious and can be easily treated with over-the-counter or home remedies.</p> <p>If the sores last longer than 2 weeks, occur often, are associated with fever or other symptoms, or make it hard to eat and drink because of the pain, contact your doctor.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Canker SoresCanker sores are fairly common, and they usually go away on their own without treatment. Read this article for teens to find out more, including tips on what to do about the pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/canker.html/d4bb6118-56d4-4b32-8b03-ce2dbe84cbe5
Mouth and TeethOur mouth and teeth play an important role in our daily lives. Here's a course on the basics - including common problems of the mouth and teeth.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mouth-teeth.html/3814b8a3-0a0d-454d-a21c-c1908dbbd25f