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Canker sores are annoying and painful, and can make simple activities like eating and talking unpleasant. Generally, these sores don’t require dental treatment, and should fade on their own after a week or two. While no one is exactly sure what causes canker sores, some of the potential triggers include:

  • An injury to your mouth. This can come from dental work, brushing too hard, or even accidentally biting your cheek
  • Toothpastes and mouthwashes containing sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Some foods you may be sensitive to, such as coffee, strawberries, eggs, cheese, or chocolate
  • A diet that is missing important vitamins or minerals. Your dentist may recommend nutritional supplements that can decrease your pain and help you prevent future sores.
  • Allergies to specific bacteria in your mouth
  • Excessive emotional stress
  • Certain health conditions

Sadly, even if you avoid these triggers, a canker sore could still appear. Luckily, there are many things you can do to alleviate your discomfort. If you are in extreme pain, please visit your dentist. Over-the-counter pain medications are also a good choice for alleviating your discomfort. If your canker sore seems extremely painful or doesn’t seem to be healing, we recommend visiting a dentist soon. They can prescribe you a mouthwash specifically designed to alleviate your pain and to reduce swelling.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.