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Is It a Mouth Ulcer? How to Tell and What to Do

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The reason we develop mouth ulcers is still not known and may vary widely from person to person. However, we are sure of one thing – these sores are painful and annoying and affect how you speak, eat, drink, and even brush your teeth.

Types of Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers also referred to as canker sores, appear in the soft tissue of your mouth and gums. There are three main types:

  • A herpetiform ulcer (HU) look like herpes sores, hence the name. However, unlike herpes, a canker sore is not contagious. Since HU ulcers tend to recur quickly, it can seem like the condition never improves.
  • A minor ulcer causes minimal pain and often clears up ...

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