You never want to think of having a sore(s) in your mouth, but it’s better to know what it is, than to have to worry or wonder about it. Here’s everything you need to know about canker sores:
What are canker sores?
- They are shallow sores shaped like craters (also known as ulcers) found on the inside of your lip or cheek, or on your tongue
- Canker sores have a red border with a white or yellowish centre
- They can be quite painful
- They can make it more difficult for you to talk or eat
- Young adults and women are more susceptible, but anyone can get them
- Some people may get them more often than others
- Genetics do seem to play a role in who gets them
- They usually don’t leave scars. That said, you don’t want to pick at them
- It is possible to have more than one at a time
- You don’t have to worry about them spreading to other people
What are the symptoms of canker sores?
- Tingling or burning feeling
How long do canker sores last?
It depends. Mild ones may last one to three weeks, with more serious ones lasting up to six weeks.
How long do canker sores hurt?
They will hurt, on average, for seven to ten days.
It is not known exactly why someone gets a canker sore, but here are some common reasons:
- Acidic food and drink
- Lack of sleep
- Biting your mouth or lip
- Irritation from wire braces
- Lack of vitamins and minerals
How do you treat canker sores?
- Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water
- Avoid salty, acidic, and citrus foods
- Rinse your mouth with salt water
- Choose bland and/or soft foods
- Don’t irritate your sore(s) with your toothbrush
- Use Oragel or Anbesol, found at your drugstore
- Use Advil or Aleve
- Inquire with your pharmacist what would be most suitable for children
You want to avoid “assuming” that you have a canker sore. Get it checked by your dentist or doctor to set your mind at ease.
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