What is a Canker Sore?

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A canker sore is an ulcer that forms in your mouth and makes eating and talking a bit difficult. This sore is generally red with a white or yellow center and it lives on the insides of your cheek or lip or on the surface of your tongue. Canker sores come and go, and sometimes they appear in groups. You might experience these sores regularly or you might only have them every once in awhile. The causes and treatments include:

Even though the main cause of the sore has not been discovered, there are many situations when the ulcer can appear. We have found that it is most common to occur when you:

· Are tired or stressed
· Are on your menstrual cycle, if you are a woman
· Have injured your mouth, like when you bite your lip
· Are aligning your smile with braces
· Have food allergies
· Eat or drink a product that has a lot of acid
· Do not get enough vitamins or minerals in your diet

The general treatments for canker sores include antimicrobial mouthwash, over-the-counter pain medication, or over-the-counter topical anesthetic. However, treatment is not typically necessary because the sore should disappear within a couple of days. During the healing process, please avoid eating spicy foods, foods with sharp or crunchy edges, or acidic foods and drinks.

Now that you know all about canker sores in Parma, Idaho, there’s no need to worry about the little ulcer on the inside of your mouth. If you have any questions or concerns, please remember that you can always call Trailridge Family Dental at 208.806.0765 and talk to a member of our dental team. If you need to meet with your dentist, Dr. Allan Stevenson, feel free to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your phone call!