Canker Sores

Patience is Best Treatment Option for Canker Sores

Canker sores, also known as the medical condition aphthous stomatitis, are painful open lesions that appear anywhere on the mouth or gums. A canker sore begins as a tingling or burning sensation that progresses to a red spot or bump. It then becomes a white or yellow circle with an inflamed border.

The exact cause of canker sores isn’t known, but the most common trigger seems to be trauma to the mouth–such as overaggressive brushing, accidentally biting, cuts incurred by sharp foods (such as potato chips) or by dental braces. And the following may also contribute to their appearance:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Physical trauma
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Food allergies
  • Eating disorders
  • Immune system reactions
  • Vitamin deficiencies

If you’re suffering from a canker sore, we suggest rinsing with salt water or an alcohol-free mouthwash. You can also take an over-the-counter pain medication. We also recommend you make an appointment with us, so we can examine the lesions and offer you different treatment options.

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