There you were, going about your normal daily routine, and all of the sudden there’s that familiar tingling sensation in your mouth. You’ve been here before and you know what’s coming next – a cold sore. While you might know there’s no cure-all for canker sores, there are a few tips courtesy of your Georgetown dentist that can help you feel more comfortable.
The Truth About Treatment
Don’t let canker sore pain keep you from going about your life. One of the first things you can do is to find an over-the-counter product. Most of them are specifically designed for treating cold sores or numbing the area to ease the pain. Sometimes canker sores are worse than other times, so you might want to schedule an appointment with your Georgetown dentist. Oftentimes, we can speed up your healing time using laser dentistry or prescribe a corticosteroid or prescription-strength antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Why Do I Get Canker Sores?
Like we’ve mentioned before and you’re probably aware of – there’s no proven cause or even cure for canker sores. It’s best to try and determine what triggers your canker sores, such as:
– Too much stress
– An injury to your mouth
– Highly spicy or acidic foods
If you’re able to find out what triggers your canker sores, do you best to avoid whatever it is in the future. You’ll be able to prevent or at least limit how often a sore occurs.
What are Common Symptoms?
Most sores begin with a sort of itchy or tingling sensation before any other signs show up. In most patients, you’ll experience a blister-like sore somewhere inside your mouth. Canker sores are typically small, red and can have a white or gray middle. They’re usually found on the tongue, cheeks, or roof of the mouth. Sometimes canker sores can also cause a fever.
If you find yourself dealing with a canker sore for longer than three weeks or you notice any other changes to your mouth, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Georgetown dental office for an appointment.