Canker Sores Stressing You Out?

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012, 7:49 pm

Canker sores always seem to show up at the worst times. These annoyingly painful little sores can appear on the mucous membranes inside your cheeks, on your gums or tongue. No one is quite sure why we get them and no treatments make them go away quickly.Dr. Joseph Wilbanks of Toccoa, GA offers tips for making canker sores more comfortable.

We do know that if you have family members that get canker sores you are more likely to get them. Also, women tend to get more canker sores than men.

Stress can be a trigger for many people — just ask college students during finals week. Other causes include poor nutrition, food allergies and hormonal changes.

Canker sores are not contagious but they are uncomfortable. Over the counter numbing gels can help. Dr. Oz’s had a newspaper column on this subject and suggests rinsing your mouth with a mixture of 1 cup water and 2 teaspoon baking soda to give some relief. He also suggested melting ice chips against the sore. Avoid salty foods or spicy foods while you have a canker sore – they will just irritate an already painful situation.

If you get canker sores on a regular basis or if you get a canker sore that is unusually large you should talk to your dentist and your physician to rule out vitamin deficiencies or other problems.

Oral hygiene is important during a breakout so don’t skip your oral care.. Brush your teeth, gently, twice a day and floss. Your canker sore will heal on its own in about a week to 10 days.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next appointment.

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