It’s always important to be aware of anything that feels strange in your mouth. In most cases, it will probably be nothing to worry about, but it’s always a good idea to have your dentist take a look, just to be safe.
Perhaps you’re dealing with a canker sore…
Canker sores are shallow sores shaped like craters that pop up on the inside of your lip, on your tongue, or on the inside of your cheek. You’ll notice that they will have a white or yellowish centre with a red border. There is also a possibility that you could have more than one at a time.
If you are a woman or a young adult, you will have a higher chance of getting one, but anyone can be susceptible to them. Some people may also be more prone to getting them due to genetics, however, you can rest assured knowing that canker sores cannot be spread to other people.
Aside from the bumpy texture, you will also recognize them as a canker sore because unfortunately, they can be quite painful…in addition to having a burning and/or tingling sensation. They may also become swollen.
How long do canker sores last?
There is no set time. Mild sores may heal in one to three weeks. More serious sores may need up to six weeks to heal. That said, they will hurt, on average, for seven to ten days.
What increases your likelihood of getting a canker sore?
- Consuming acidic food and drink
- A lack of vitamins and minerals
- Not enough sleep
- Biting the inside of your mouth or lip
- Irritation from mouth appliances and traditional wire braces
What is the best way to treat canker sores?
- Drink plenty of water and rinse with salt water multiple times a day
- Choose soft and mild foods
- Avoid citrus, acidic, spicy foods, and even coffee
- Avoid poking your mouth with toothbrush bristles
- Try using drugstore products that can help freeze the area, such as Oragel or Anbesol
- Take pain relievers such as Aleve or Advil