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One issue many people come across, that is not always directly related to teeth, is a canker sore. Canker sores are typically small, shallow ulcerations that can make eating or talking difficult. You may only have a single sore, or you could have several at a time. They are definitely obnoxious–but luckily, not contagious.

In fact, doctors are not actually certain what causes canker sores! Sores tend to run in families, though some professional experts believe that bacteria or viruses are involved. An injury to the soft tissues of the mouth can also cause canker sores occasionally.

At the moment, there is no cure for canker sores. But if you have one, don’t worry–the pain should fade in a few days and the sore should heal on its own within seven days. If the sore is larger than 1 centimeter, or if it is your first time having canker sores, call Edford L. Clark, DMD and schedule an appointment. Otherwise, there are a few things you can do to lessen the discomfort while you wait. Definitely avoid any spicy or acidic foods, as they could irritate the sores.

Your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter anesthetic, or an over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwash. Antibiotics from your dentist may help control secondary infection.

To learn more about canker sores or other abnormalities of the mouth, we invite you to call Edford L. Clark, DMD in Prestonburg, Kentucky at 606-886-4260. Dr. Edford Clark and our team are happy to give you the information you’re looking for!