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Facts About Canker Sores

They’re painful, they’re ugly, they’re inconvenient; canker sores are the bane of our mouth’s existence. Appearing to arise at the most troublesome of times, these agonizing lesions can last a week, two, or even three depending on where on the mouth they appear. You’ve probably wondered what these annoying sores are and where they come from. Here are a few facts that can help you through your personal canker sore crisis.

Canker Sores –

A canker sore is an ulcer or lesion in your mouth usually developing along the soft tissue, typically developing on your cheeks. They can range from one tiny sore that causes minor discomfort to huge clusters of sores that can make it incredibly difficult to eat, swallow, or even think.  

Common Causes of Canker Sores –

The exact cause of canker sores is unknown, but they usually accompany stress or trauma in a person's life. They can also develop from mouth injuries such as accidentally biting your tongue, cheek, or lips while eating. Some people have found that certain foods will trigger canker sores in their mouth, including incredibly sweet, spicy, or sour snacks.

Are Canker Sores Contagious –

Despite the decades of myths surrounding canker sore development and contagions, it is simply that — a myth. Kiss or share water with the people around you, it won’t make any difference in affecting others.

How Long Do Canker Sores Last –

Canker sores can be incredibly irritating and painful while you have them. Typically only lasting seven to ten days, canker sores range depending on constant biting, picking, or agitation. Give them time to heal and try to eat foods that won’t aggravate them more. If you aren’t seeing any improvement or your sore is too painful to handle, visit with your dentist for their professional help.

Preventing Canker Sores –

Unfortunately, you can’t entirely prevent canker sores, but there are things you can do to lessen your chance of getting one. If you find that certain foods irritate your mouth, try removing those from your diet. Some people find that super acidic fruit like pineapples or kiwis bring on a case of the sores. These would be a perfect example of foods to avoid.

At-Home Remedies –

If you’re currently struggling with a canker sore, these few tricks can help you cope:

  •       Put ice on the sore. Place it directly against the sore allowing it to slowly melt in your mouth. This will help to decrease swelling and inflammation on and around the lesion.
  •       Mouthwash is a great way to relieve some of the pain. It can clear away bacteria that may be festering in the sore, potentially relieving some of your pain.
  •       Make your own mouthwash with water and baking soda. Try warming up the wash before using it for some added relief while rinsing.
  •       Drinking fresh carrot or celery juice is a common home remedy to help with inflammation and healing of canker sores.
  •       There are many topical medicines that can be purchased over the counter. Apply directly to the affected area for some added numbing and relief. 

If you find that your sore is too painful, or are contracting canker sores more frequently, you may want to consult your dentist. They can help with identifying any underlying causes for your sores, and make sure that your mouth is in peak health.