What You Can Do to Prevent Canker Sores

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Do you know what the difference is between a canker sore and a cold sore? Cold sores are a viral problem that usually grow on the outside of your mouth, while canker sores are non- contagious problems that can be triggered in many ways/

Canker sores are annoying and painful, and can make simple activities like eating and talking unpleasant. Generally, these sores don’t require dental treatment, and should fade on their own after a week or two. However, we strongly recommend visiting a dentist if you have a particularly persistent or painful sore.

While no one is exactly sure what causes canker sores, there are many things you can do to prevent canker sores. For example, if you brush too hard or unintentionally bite your cheek, a canker sore could form. Similarly, you may discover that your mouth is sensitive to particular foods. These foods could include strawberries, chocolate, cheese, and even eggs. However, other conditions, such as health conditions and stress can also be responsible for canker sores.

Sadly, even if you avoid these triggers, a canker sore could still appear. Luckily, there are many things you can do to alleviate your discomfort. For example, if your canker sore is extremely painful—painful enough that you need to visit your dentist—you may be given a prescription for a mouthwash with a steroid that can reduce pain and inflammation. There are also over-the-counter medications that you can apply to your sores. Over-the-counter painkillers can also be useful.

To learn more—or to schedule an appointment with us—please feel free to contact us. We are excited to meet you.