Canker Sores: Causes and Care

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Sometimes the mouth can be confusing, especially if you don’t know much about the teeth and tissues. No need to worry! This is the case for many people. One mystery of the mouth is canker sores. These are shallow, small ulcers that make eating and talking difficult. They are not contagious and can occur as one sore or several at a time.

There are two types of canker sores that we know about. The first type is a simple canker sore, which appears about four times a year and it lasts for about a week. People ages 10 to 20 are likely to experience this type of sore. The second type of sore is a complex canker sore, which is less common, but it typically develops in the mouths of people who have had them before.

Unfortunately, doctors are not entirely certain what causes canker sores. Some experts believe bacteria or viruses to be involved. Occasionally, an injury to the soft tissues of the mouth can also cause canker sores.

While there is not a cure for canker sores, there are a few things you can do to lessen the discomfort while you wait. Over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes may help, as could an over-the-counter anesthetic. Avoid any spicy or acidic foods that could irritate the sores. Luckily, the pain should fade in a few days and the sore should heal on its own within seven days. Antibiotics from your dentist may help control secondary infection.

To learn more about canker sores or about other abnormalities of the mouth, we invite you to call Rocky Ridge Dental Associates at 205-979-8070. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we are excited to give you the information you’re looking for!