CANKER SORES ARE ANNOYING. What’s especially annoying about them is that canker sores are sort of a mystery—there’s no straightforward, single cause for them. They seem to just be a very irritating side effect of… well, irritation. It‘s nice to know, though, that they’re not harmful to your oral health, exactly. They just hurt. A lot.
Some Common Triggers Of Canker Sores:
- Sour candies
- Irritation (from braces, for example, or harsh brushing)
- Food allergies
Stop Them From Coming Back
If you’re stuck with a canker sore, there’s really not much anyone can do to help. Salt water rinses can help to soothe it, and you’ll definitely want to avoid acidic foods. But really, it’s mostly a matter of waiting it out. However, if you frequently get canker sores, there may be some things you can do to prevent them.
- Get an antiseptic rinse and use it regularly.
- Check your toothpaste—some research shows that SLS, which is in most toothpaste, can aggravate canker sores.
- Take a closer look at your diet. Do certain foods trigger mouth sores?
A Very Important Note
Most canker sores will go away and leave you alone after two weeks. If you have a sore that’s lingering for longer than that, we recommend that you contact our Dental Partners of Boston team, or ask your physician about it. Sometimes the early signs of oral cancer are mistaken for harmless canker sores.
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