Canker sores can be quite uncomfortable, quite frustrating, and quite painful. We call them aphthous ulcers, and they're small little round sores that usually form on the loose tissues inside your mouth, like your lips here inside of your lips, your cheeks under your tongue for of your mouth or your tonsils.
Canker sores usually start as a tingling sensation, then eventually, it turns into a white or yellow ulcer with a bright red area surrounding it. The pain usually lasts about a week or two, and they can be quite uncomfortable.
What Causes Canker Sores?
There is no sure way to know what causes a canker sore, but they can be linked to genetics or to your body's immune system. They can be triggered by mouth injury, stress, hormonal changes, certain food allergies, dietary deficiencies.
How to Treat a Canker Sore
Fortunately, canker sores are not contagious. There are certain things that we can do to help treat them. There's nothing that's really going to make them go away immediately. But there are some things that we can do to help make it feel better in the meantime.
We can offer numbing agents, supplemental lysine, multivitamins, and in extreme cases, we can treat the sore with a laser or even a steroid to help reduce the sore.
If you want to learn more about how your dentist can help you with your canker sore or if you want to schedule an appointment to treat your sore, contact us today.