How to Treat and Prevent Canker Sores

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Mouth sores, commonly referred to as canker sores, can affect up to 20 percent of people at one time or another. Whether mild or severe, canker sores can cause difficulty with eating, drinking, and speaking. If you have canker sores you can’t get rid of on your own, Dr. Lattinelli has treatment options to help you. Don’t think you have to deal with them yourself.

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Canker sores are painful, and a burning or tingling sensation is normally the first symptom you will notice prior to seeing the sore itself. Minor canker sores normally heal in a week or two without leaving scars. Major sores can be quite deep, difficult to cure, and can leave scars. Herpetiform sores are often clusters of smaller sores, and typically seen in older patients. They will often heal on their own without scarring.

There are different triggers for canker sores in patients and it can be difficult to diagnose a specific cause. Abrasions from dentures or braces can result in the formation of a canker sore. Vitamin deficiencies in iron, folic acid, vitamin B-12, or zinc can be a trigger for some patients. Intestinal upsets or disorders can cause canker sores, such as ulcers, irritable bowel disease, celiac disease or gluten intolerance, or other autoimmune diseases. Some patients are sensitive to the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste, both in causing sores and preventing them from healing properly, so these patients need to avoid this chemical in the toothpastes they purchase.

Dental treatment for canker sores is available from Dr. Lattinelli. There are topical ointments, medications, rinses, and other products available to give you relief. For smaller sores that should heal on their own, home remedies have been used for years to provide some relief. These can include milk of magnesia, salt water or baking soda in water, or hydrogen peroxide.

A good diet and proper dental hygiene are the most important things for reducing the chance of canker sores. Avoid foods which irritate your mouth such as citrus, coffee, or salty foods. If you have any dentures or other items which rub the inside of your mouth, talk with Dr. Lattinelli about ways to reduce that abrasion which can lead to sores. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, and keep your immune system healthy. For any questions or concerns about canker sores or other dental issues, contact Dr. Lattinelli today.