Oral Eruptions

If you are getting oral eruptions at any time, or, if you are female and are getting oral eruptions right on your period, that you are presuming are abscesses, it could be a condition called apthous stomatitis. This is a fancy name for canker sores. Canker sores do not have to look like small white lesions inside your cheeks. Canker sores can be caused by an allergy, among several causes. These can get so large that they nearly encapsulate a tooth. They can last for a couple of days to six weeks and be very painful. They can occur on your gums, the roof of your mouth, on your tongue, or in a variety of places in your mouth. They can occur at any time of the month, in both males and females.

If you are female, and, you are experiencing mild or major gum irritation on your period or symptoms of periodontal disease at that time, this can be due to an allergic response. During the female menstrual cycle, the estrogen levels drop very low. Many biochemical pathways and biochemical regulatory mechanisms are affected. When the estrogen drops low many different things can happen. This is why it is not uncommon for a female to have gum irritation or apthous lesions right on the menstrual cycle.

The apthous sores can be so bad that a tooth that is in perfectly tight one day may be hanging half way out the next. This is not a perfectly natural occurrence for the unfortunate women that seem to have this problem on their periods. Women are not naturally designed to go through that sort of self-destruction once a month until finally all of the teeth fall out. There is something wrong when this happens and there is something wrong when gums are irritated during the period. For many women, these conditions may seem to go away as soon as they get pregnant. This is because during the first 6 months of pregnancy, the estrogen levels are really high. They drop during the final trimester and the condition may reappear.

Search the internet for "Apthous Stomatitis". You will find that there is a long list of things that can cause this problem. You will find that mouthwash and toothpaste are common culprits. If you have this problem, you need to see your MD right away as it can be caused by many systemic problems. Your MD can do a simple blood test and either verify and treat the cause or eliminate systemic problems as the cause. If your oral practitioner diagnosed this condition, they should have told you that many different things can cause it and that you need to see a MD for a blood test. They have no way of determining what is causing it and they cannot write out a request for a blood test. If you have a systemic problem, a disease or one of many known responsible vitamin deficiencies that is causing it, instead of an allergy, you probably should not wait until you have some very severe symptoms to find that out.

If you have oral eruptions that have not been diagnosed yet, you should see a MD for diagnosis. If your MD diagnoses the problem, you will also be sent for a blood test to find out if it is caused by a systemic problem. Your MD can also explain the different things that can cause this condition.

Apthous Stomatitis is not a normal or common side effect of periodontal disease. An allergic reaction to something can be responsible for these two distinct conditions.

If an existing canker sore is caused by an allergic reaction, it may still take some time for it to resolve. Removing the substance that caused the reaction will not cause an existing sore to go away. It may have the effect of allowing an existing sore to heal instead of constantly aggravating it. If you do identify the allergen and your problem is usually occurring on your menstrual cycle then you will know you have identified it when it does not happen again. If you experience this problem at any time of the month, it could take 2 weeks of healing before the effects are noticeable.

Your MD will be able to explain some of the relationships of the substances in the publications below to your oral eruptions as well as many other potential causes.

Diagnosis of oral ulcers. Nov 1998


Recurrent aphthous ulceration and food sensitivity, Nov. 1991


Immunopathogenesis of oral lichen planus and recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Dec. 1997

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