Canker Sores Demystified: Essential Facts and Preventive Measures

 

At Coshocton Dentistry, we're dedicated to educating our community about all aspects of oral health. We are shining a light on a common and often misunderstood oral condition - canker sores. Known medically as aphthous ulcers, these painful ulcers are typically yellowish, whitish, or reddish and are found on the inside of the cheek, lip, tongue, or in the back of the mouth.

Here are some key points about canker sores:

  • The exact cause is unknown, but potential triggers may include stress, hormonal changes, nutritional imbalances, allergies, and certain foods
  • They usually last between 7 to 14 days and often resolve on their own with time
  • Treatment primarily focuses on relieving discomfort through over-the-counter numbing gels or prescribed corticosteroid gels/rinses
  • In some cases, laser therapy can be used to expedite healing

Preventing canker sores may involve stress reduction, nutritional improvements, and possibly lysine supplementation. Lysine, an over-the-counter supplement, has been shown to reduce the incidence of these bothersome ulcers in some cases.

Remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is often your best defense against oral health issues. If you're experiencing a persistent or particularly painful canker sore, seek dental advice. Our team at Coshocton Dentistry is always ready to assist you.

Visit our website at Coshocton Dentistry for more information on oral health and to explore our range of dental services. We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive, personalized dental care to our community.

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