Have you ever experienced a canker sore? You know, one of those shallow, red, and painful sores that occur in the lining of your mouth and never seem to go away?
While the exact cause of canker sores isn’t well known, it’s often understood that a wide variety of food and substances can bring one about. These can ranging from minor abrasions and physical trauma to certain foods – like citrus, acidic fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, spicy foods, and more. Sometimes, patients even report experiencing a canker sore when using certain dental products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, the ingredient some products include to create that lovely (but fake) “foaming” sensation.
Then, there are the causes that come down to over-doing it. For example – one popular drink, the Mimosas, is made out of both orange juice and champagne, which are two fairly acidic components. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that patients have reported canker sores after having consumed one (or two, or three). Other possible causes include: Accidental cheek bites, sports injuries, sensitivities to foods like pineapple, mango, and strawberry, allergic reactions, hormones, dietary deficiencies, and some other (more serious) sources.
How you can prevent a canker sore:
When it comes to treating your sore, remember a few things: the pain is worst in the beginning and will get better. But your canker sore might be sticking around for up to a couple weeks. If it’s extra persistent or spreading – you may want to give your dentist a call, who will likely prescribe an ointment or rinse to speed up healing.
It is also safe to use over-the-counter remedies (like bacitracin) to minimize the pain and make eating easier.
How to make sure you don’t get one again…
From making some of your favorite foods hard to enjoy to simply being a pain in the…mouth, canker sores are no fun. The best thing you can do to prevent one from happening again is to figure out your triggers. Make a note of what you ate before experiencing a canker sore, try changing your dental care products, and see what changes. On top of this, if you’re not using a soft-bristled toothbrush, start! Irritation from a too-hard brush could be contributing to your canker sores.
Having persistent problems with painful canker sores and live in the Anaheim area? Our dentists in Garden Grove can help. Get in touch today to learn more.