Canker sores are extremely painful blisters that develop inside the mouth on the tongue, throat, inside the cheeks or on the gums. Ranging from small to large, canker sores often form because the tissue in the mouth has been irritated and the body is overwhelmed with stress. Canker sores are different from cold sores and although tests are not required to diagnose the canker sore, it’s important to visit your dentist in Newmarket to have the sore identified.
Learning about canker sores is an important part of dental health education to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Check out Dentistry In Newmarket’s guide to canker sore causes, solutions and preventions.
Canker Sore Causes
The exact cause of canker sores is unknown, however, there are specific risks and reasons for the oral health issue to develop, including:
● Injury to tissue in the mouth, possibly from a sharp object or tooth
● Citrus foods or highly acidic fruits and vegetables such as oranges, lemons, pineapples, tomatoes and figs
● Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen
● An allergy to foods, toothpaste or mouthwash
● Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria which can cause peptic ulcers to form
● Health conditions such as HIV/AIDS or lupus or Behcet’s disease
Symptoms of Canker Sores
You may have or be developing a canker sore if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:
● Painful sores in the mouth, tongue, gums or back of the mouth
● Tingling or a burning feeling without signs of a sore or sores
● Sores that appear round, gray or white with red on the edge
● Lymph nodes are swollen
How To Treat Canker Sores
Canker sores are often not an immediate danger, however, they can develop to be a larger issue. If so, it’s essential to give our Newmarket family dentist office a call for an exam to determine the oral health issue. Treating canker sores at home is possible and can often get rid of the sore in a few days to a week. Use the following treatment methods:
● Mouthwash: Specific mouthwashes with a painkiller or steroid may at times be prescribed to rid of the sore. Speak with our family dentist in Newmarket about options.
● Oral Medications: The ulcer sucralfate medication Carafate or gout colchicine medication, Mitigare, can be used to treat canker sores. Always speak to our dentist first about treatment.
● Topical Products: Specific medicated gels, creams and liquids are available to treat the sore directly.
● Natural Mouth Rinse: A natural rinse alternative is to mix sea salt or baking soda with warm water and swish it around the mouth, before spitting out.
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