Dentist Approved Canker Sore Remedies
At the dental office of Dr. Carol Jin DDS in San Ramon, we have some convenient, dentist-approved canker sore remedies for our local, CA area patients. These oral lesions are a real annoyance at best, and at their worst, they can be quite painful. We’re happy to offer a few canker sore treatments to help you quickly alleviate your pain.
What Are Canker Sores?
Canker sores are small lesions, wounds, or ulcers that develop on the soft tissues inside your mouth. They can affect the lips, tongue, gums, soft palate, or the inside of your cheeks. They are usually white or yellow, a round or oval shape, and generally have a red border surrounding them.
While these sore spots are not harmful, they can be painful and make it difficult to eat, speak, brush your teeth, or even drink.
Common Causes Of Canker Sores
There is no one cause of canker sores. Experts believe that there are a number of factors that can trigger these annoying, uncomfortable oral lesions.
- Oral Trauma
- Acidic Fruits & Vegetables
- Food Sensitivities / Allergies
- Braces & Ill-Fitting Dentures
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Found In Many Toothpastes & Mouthwashes)
- Reactions To Oral Bacteria
- Emotional Stress
Dietary deficiencies in zinc, folate, iron, or B12 can cause canker sores. They can also be the result of a chronic health condition or allergy. Be sure to let us know if you suffer from chronic or frequent mouth sores at your next dental appointment.
Cold Sores Vs. Canker Sores
People often confuse cold sores and canker sores and use the terms interchangeably, but they are two completely separate issues. Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are caused by the Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus and are highly contagious. Cold sores appear outside of the mouth and can usually be found under the nose, chin, and around the lips.
Canker sores will occur inside your mouth and are not contagious. If you think you have a cold sore, you should make an appointment with your primary physician for proper medical treatment.
Get Rid Of Canker Sores Quickly
If you find that you have developed a canker sore you will likely want a quick solution, especially if you are dealing with pain and discomfort. There is no one sure cure, but we have a few home remedies you can try that may be helpful short-term.
- A Salt Water Rinse*
- A Baking Soda Rinse*
- Debacterol (Also Referred To As Sulfuric Acid)
- Orajel Antiseptic Mouth Sore Rinse
- A Small Dab Of Milk Of Magnesia On The Sore Several Times Per Day
- Slowly Melting Ice Chips Over The Area
- Gently Brushing Teeth With A Soft Brush & Foam Free Toothpaste After Meals
When trying one of these treatments, it is also beneficial to avoid any foods that are abrasive, acidic, or spicy. These can cause you further pain or irritation.
* Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water & swish in mouth for a saltwater rinse. Or, dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup warm water & swish for a baking soda rinse.
Helping You Prevent Canker Sores
There are a few things you can do to help prevent canker sores from forming in the first place. Avoid known allergens and foods that tend to irritate your mouth, such as citrus fruits, acidic vegetables, and spicy foods.
You should also avoid chewing on your lips and practice good oral hygiene. Brush after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss daily and come see us, your local, general dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups.
Here For All Of Your Dental Needs
Call to schedule an appointment if you have canker sores that are unusually large, have lasted for 3 weeks or longer, or you have intolerable pain. We’ll help you get to the root cause of the problem.
Of course, we also invite you to visit our dental office for your next routine dental exam and cleaning, as well. Contact Dr. Carol Jin, DDS in San Ramon, CA, for professional dental care services that get and keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright.
Call us today to schedule your next appointment.