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Canker sores, or “aphthous ulcers” can run in families and are more common in women than men. They can let you know they are developing–when you start to get a tingling or burning in your mouth–and two or three days later have small sores in your mouth that hurt when you eat or drink. Canker sores are pale and are surrounded by a red outer ring. They might show up as a single sore or a cluster on the inside of the mouth (lips, cheeks, tongue, gums and palate). Unlike cold sores, they are not contagious. And while there isn’t anything specific you can do to prevent canker sores, you can find relief for their symptoms.

Treating Canker Sores

–Stick with plain, bland, non-spicy foods.
–Rinse your mouth with warm water often.
–For severe symptoms, use a prescribed mouth rinse with steroid dexamethasone.
–Use over-the-counter creams or ointments on the sores.
–Large sores can be treated with steroid creams prescribed by your doctor.

Once they form, canker sores cause discomfort for 3-10 days, but normally go away on their own after a couple of weeks. While no one knows exactly why they show up, researchers think it is combination of factors, even in the same person.

Why Canker Sores?
–A vitamin or mineral deficiency (folate, iron, vitamin B-12, zinc).
–Minor injury to your mouth (dental work, brushing too hard, biting the cheek).
–A compromised immune system (cold or flu, HIV/AIDS).
–Using toothpastes or mouthwashes with sodium lauryl sulfate.
–Food sensitivities (eggs, nuts, cheese, chocolate, coffee, strawberries, spicy or acidic foods).
–Emotional stress and hormonal changes.
–Allergic reaction to certain bacteria in the mouth.

See Your Dentist:

–If you are getting more canker sores than you have before.
–If you are getting sores more often.
–If the lesions are large.
–If the canker sores are accompanied by rashes, fever, diarrhea or joint pain.

Even though you may have to deal with canker sores periodically, you can find relief for the symptoms. Please give our team a call at Huthwaite & Huthwaite if you have any questions or concerns.435.723.6120