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The dental team at North Creek Dental Care knows that many of us have suffered from canker sores at some point, but most of us don’t know much about what they are or how they form. With that in mind, we would like to provide the following information about canker sores so you’ll have a better understanding of what they are and how they heal.

Causes of Canker Sores

There are actually a number of possible triggers for a canker sore, including all of the following:

  • fatigue or stress
  • genetics
  • some kind of dental appliance irritating the inside of your cheek
  • excessively vigorous tooth cleaning
  • damaged immune system
  • spicy foods
  • chemotherapy
  • biting your cheek
  • nutritional deficiency

Fortunately, canker sores are not caused by person-to-person contact, and are not contagious or pathological.

Managing Canker Sores

To shorten the lifetime of a canker sore, you should do the following:

  • avoid spicy foods, acidic beverages, and foods with sharp edges
  • drink aloe vera juice
  • try pain medications such as Tylenol for pain relief
  • for serious pain, some topical anesthetics can be useful, especially those with small patches that cover the sore and protect it.

When you get a canker sore, it can be expected to last between 7 and 10 days. If a sore lasts longer than that, contact Dr. Ryan, Dr. Athos, and Dr. Czerniak so they can do screening for more serious oral health concerns.

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