THE EXACT CAUSE of canker sores is unknown. What we do know is that canker sores can be extremely bothersome! By better understanding some of the possible causes€”and some treatment options€”we hope to reduce the irritation canker sores may cause you.
Possible Canker Sore Causes
These non-contagious lesions that appear on your gums, lips, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth may be caused by:
- irritation (from harsh brushing, braces, biting the inside of your mouth, etc.)
- high-stress levels
- bacterial infections
- improper nutrition and/or vitamin deficiencies
- immune system issues
- food allergies
Tips For Reducing Canker Sore Pain And Duration
There’s no cure-all solution for canker sores. But, there are a few things you can do to reduce their painful impact and possibly reduce your susceptibility.
- A baking soda or salt water rinse can soothe pain.
- A daily dose of Vitamin B12 can reduce sore frequency and duration.
- Certain over-the-counter products can help with pain and healing.
- Do your best to reduce stress! Exercise may help!
- Watch what you eat… Notice if certain foods trigger your canker sores.
- Regularly using an antiseptic rinse may help with prevention.
- Avoid hot or spicy foods that may further irritate sores.
- Check your toothpaste. Some research shows that SLS (an ingredient found in many toothpastes) may aggravate canker sores.
An Important Note
Canker sores usually heal themselves in a week or two. If yours don’t, please call us to set up an appointment! Lingering sores may be an early sign of a more serious condition. Your health and comfort is our number one priority!