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Mouth care involves more than just your teeth. One issue many people experience that is not always related to teeth is a canker sore. Canker sores are small, shallow ulcerations that can make eating and talking difficult. They can occur as a single sore, or even a few at a time. They are certainly obnoxious–but, thankfully, not contagious.

Unfortunately for all of us, professionals are not certain what causes canker sores. The sores do tend to run in families, though some experts believe bacteria or viruses to be involved in some way. Sometimes, an injury to the soft tissues of the mouth can also trigger canker sores.

Currently, there is not a cure for canker sores. But if you have a canker sore, don’t fret–there are a few things you can do to lessen the discomfort while you wait for it to heal. Talk with your dentist to determine the best treatment plan. An over-the-counter anesthetic may be recommended, as could an over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwash. In the meantime, definitely avoid any spicy or acidic foods, as they could irritate the sores.

Luckily, the pain should fade in just a few days. The sore should heal on its own within seven days. You dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help control secondary infection. You don’t need schedule an appointment to see a doctor about canker sores unless it your first time getting them, or if it is larger than one centimeter.

To learn more about canker sores or other abnormalities of the mouth, we invite you to call Cloud & Hill Dental Care in Little Rock, Arkansas at 501-868-3800. Dr. John Cloud and our team are here to help you in any way we can, and we are happy to give you the information you’re looking for!