foods that cause canker sores

Which Foods Might Cause Canker Sores?

Canker sores form on soft tissues in the mouth and can be very uncomfortable. Stress can make us more prone to developing canker sores. Certain foods may also trigger canker sores and should be avoided or consumed less.

Key takeaways:

  • While citrus fruits can benefit overall health, the acidic nature of the fruit can cause or worsen canker sores.
  • Food groups such as gluten, chocolate and dairy can result in allergens or sensitivities for some people which trigger canker sores.
  • As well as avoiding trigger foods when a sore is healing, it can be best to avoid spicy food, alcohol and carbonated drinks, too.

If your canker sore is excessively painful, large, or you have several sores at once, it’s time to see your dentist.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.