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Here’s What You Need To Know About Canker Sores

February 08, 2019 ABC Children's Dentistry

While just about anyone can expect to experience canker sores, reports tell us they are more common in teens and young adults.  In this issue, the San Diego child dentist experts at ABC Children’s Dentistry will go in-depth about canker sores, what they are, what causes them, and share tips for treatment.

What are canker sores?

Also known as mouth ulcers, canker sores are small open wounds most often found on a person’s lips, tongue, the base of the gums, or inside of a cheek. While there is no known singular cause of canker sores, their frequency is sometimes associated with heredity, eating certain foods, a weakened immune system, bacterial infections, or scraping the inside of the mouth with a hard food or object.

What are the symptoms of canker sores?

While typically appearing along, canker sores can erupt in clusters and are generally round with a white or yellow layer.

How should I treat canker sores?

In most instances, canker sores won’t last longer than two weeks. During this time, it’s a good idea to avoid acidic or spicy foods, soft drinks, and salty snacks. Also, you should only use soft-bristle toothbrushes and use mouthwashes that don’t have SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).

You should contact your dentist or doctor if you or your child has frequent canker sores or have ones that last longer than two weeks.

For Compassionate and Fun Pediatric Dental Care, Call ABC Children’s Dentistry in San Diego

If your child has frequent canker sores or has one that has lasted longer than two weeks, get in touch with us here at ABC Children’s Dentistry in San Diego.

Our number is 858-780-9794. Also, you can reach us online and via email.