Have you ever accidentally bitten the side of your cheek or lip? Didn’t it hurt? Sometimes accidents like these lead to a canker sore at the site. These sores are very small but make daily activities in our mouths very painful. And while canker sores are very common, it isn’t because they are contagious – they occur for various reasons, like a weak immune system, dehydration, allergies, stress or medication. If you find that they occur regularly, don’t panic – the reason may be as simple as an unknown allergy. Make sure to take note of any changes in your life and/or diet to make finding the culprit a whole lot easier when presenting your symptoms to your dental professional.
You may think that a canker sore is a cold sore, but that isn’t the case. Yes, they can occur for similar reasons, but unlike a cold sore, a canker sore does not develop on the outside of the mouth and aren’t contagious. And that is because canker sores aren’t caused by a virus or bacteria. They just go away after about ten days – but those ten days can be quite an ordeal as you adjust.
Keeping your daily dental hygiene schedules and reducing stress are some great ways to prevent a canker sore from developing, but there are medications available if necessary. Debacterol® is a liquid, topical medication that not only alleviates the oral pain that comes with canker sores but can also reduce the time the canker sore is present. If you find that your canker sores are becoming an issue, make sure to make an appointment to discuss it with your dental professional.
For more information about canker sores, call Dr. Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.
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