Canker Sores Are A Real Pain!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 9:05 pm

Canker sores aren’t fun – they are painful and annoying and usually crop up at the worst possible time. These small ulcers appear in the mouth and can make eating and talking uncomfortable.

Canker sores are not the same thing as fever blisters which are caused by a virus. The exact cause of canker sores hasn’t been discovered but stress is thought to be one trigger. Other canker sore causes may include injury to the tissue inside the mouth or irritation by acidic fruits and vegetables (lemons, pineapples, tomatoes). A chipped tooth or poor fitting dentures can also contribute to canker sores.

In some cases, complex canker sores may be caused by an underlying health problem such as a weakened immune system, nutritional deficiencies or even Celiac or Crohn’s disease.

Symptoms of a simple canker sore include: a tingling, or burning sensation before the sore appears; a small, painful sore inside the mouth or on the tongue; the sore may be white or gray in color with a red border. The pain from a canker sore usually goes away within a few days and most sores heal on their own within a week or 10 days. If sores persist, or if they are extremely large and painful, your dentist can prescribe ointments or rinses to help deal with the discomfort until the sore heals.

There is no magic cure for a canker sore. The good news is that most strike people between 10 and 20 years of age so we get fewer canker sores as we get older.

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene during a canker sore outbreak. Brushing with a soft bristle brush and flossing daily will help keep your mouth free of bacteria that might aggravate the canker sores. Call your dentist if you experience the following:

  • Very large sores
  • Multiple sores or sores that are spreading
  • Sores that last 3 weeks or longer
  • Difficulty drinking enough water or other fluids
  • Intolerable pain

Wilbanks Smile Center can be reached at 706-391-8777. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding your oral health.

 

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