Have you ever had a canker sore? Have you had a small red “blister like” sore appear in your mouth that’s painful when even the slightest pressure is placed on it? Canker sores are the worst!
A canker sore is a small ulcer like sore in your mouth. It’s typically between your gum line and your cheek or somewhere on your tongue. It can start to develop over a day or two but could hang around for up to several days. Canker sores can be very painful and when they occur, they can make you feel as though you don’t want to eat or drink until it goes away.
As far as how they original, there isn’t one single cause. There has been thought that they can be due to a vitamin deficiency of vitamin B12, Folic Acid or Iron, but they also might be caused because of too much coffee, chocolate or foods with an acidic nature (such as salsas, tomatoes, oranges, lemons, etc.). Additionally, a canker sore might be due to trauma such as brushing too hard, biting your cheek, etc.
When a canker sore comes on, there are a few ways to help alleviate the pain and to help the sore go away. An old fashioned remedy is to place a little baking soda with the tip of a clean finger or a cotton tip applicator to the sore. The baking soda doesn’t taste great but it can help! Another remedy is to purchase an over the counter medication such as Kanka, that is specially designed for canker sore healing. A medication such as this will help numb the area (to provide some relief) and will then start to heal the sore. These are available at most drug or grocery stores.
Canker sores are not fun! If you get one, give yourself a few days to heal and try to take it easy. If you have any further questions about canker sores, how to treat them or how to prevent them, feel free to reach out to our offices. We would be happy to talk with you about them!
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