So, you have a sore inside of your mouth that’s making eating and drinking uncomfortable. Even when your mouth is relaxed, it’s painful – with a tingling or burning sensation always reminding you that “hey, I’m here!” When you check out the pesky bugger in the mirror, you see that it’s a round, white-ish/grey-ish sore ringed with red. Your first thought: you have an abscess in your mouth.
Don’t worry – it’s nothing that serious! What you are experiencing is a little something called a canker sore.
Canker sores are annoying, yes, but they’re not dangerous. The most harm they can cause is maybe a slight fever and swollen lymph nodes. While they seem to last forever, in actuality, they only last for a week or two. And that’s without treatment.
Why Do Canker Sores Happen?
The exact cause of canker sores is unknown, but there is a strong correlation between stress, certain foods such as citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables, and canker sores. Also, sharp tooth surfaces, dental tools, braces and ill-fitting dentures have been known to trigger them.
In cases of complex canker sores – sores that appear more frequently – an underlying health condition might be the cause. This could be a vitamin, iron or folic acid deficiency, gastrointestinal tract disease or an impaired immune system. If you think this is the case, visit your physician right away.
Prevent Canker Sores
There might not be any proven cure for canker sores, but there are a few ways to prevent them.
- Avoid foods that irritate your mouth
- Don’t chew so much chewing gum
- Floss nightly, and only brush with a soft bristled toothbrush
If you notice any of the following, contact your dentist right away!
- Unusually LARGE sores
- Sores that are spreading
- Sores that last longer than 3 weeks
- Intolerable pain even after eliminating trigger foods and taking medications
- High fever
- Difficulty drinking fluids
If you’re worried about your canker sore, or if you just want to get rid of it today, visit http://www.paragondentalinc.com/contact/ to get our contact information.