Canker sores are annoying and painful, and can make simple activities like eating and talking unpleasant. Generally, these sores don’t require dental treatment, and should fade on their own after a week or two. However, we strongly recommend visiting a dentist if you have a particularly persistent or painful sore. While no one is exactly sure what causes canker sores, some of the potential triggers include:
- If you accidentally hurt your mouth—maybe by unintentionally biting your cheek or from brushing too vigorously—you could develop a canker sore.
- Toothpastes and mouthwashes containing sodium lauryl sulfate
- A diet that is missing important vitamins or minerals. Your dentist may recommend nutritional supplements that can decrease your pain and help you prevent future sores.
- Allergies to specific bacteria in your mouth
- Excessive emotional stress
- Your mouth may be sensitive to some foods, meaning that eating them could make you more likely to have a canker sore. These foods could include chocolate, strawberries, eggs, and coffee
- Certain health conditions
Sadly, even if you avoid these triggers, a canker sore could still appear. Luckily, there are many things you can do to alleviate your discomfort. For example, if your canker sore is extremely painful—painful enough that you need to visit your dentist—you may be given a prescription for a mouthwash with a steroid that can reduce pain and inflammation. There are also over-the-counter medications that you can apply to your sores. Over-the-counter painkillers can also be useful.
If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.