Ow! Your Guide to Canker Sores | Friendly Smiles

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Dealing with a canker sore can be uncomfortable and bothersome, affecting your ability to eat, drink, and speak with ease. At Friendly Smiles, we understand the importance of maintaining your oral health, especially when faced with oral sores. Here’s a helpful guide to understanding and managing canker sores:

What Do Canker Sores Look Like?
Canker sores typically manifest as small, round reddish ulcers found on the soft tissues of your mouth, such as the tongue, inner cheeks, and gumline. Occasionally, these sores may feature a yellow or white center.

What Causes Canker Sores?
Injuries to the mouth, such as biting your lip or cheek, sports-related trauma, or even vigorous brushing, are common culprits behind canker sores. Additionally, some individuals may experience sensitivity to certain toothpaste ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate. Certain foods, including chocolate, eggs, nuts, and spicy dishes, have also been known to trigger canker sores. Nutritional deficiencies, particularly in vitamin B-12 or zinc, can also contribute to their development.

How Can You Manage Canker Sores?
Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is crucial for managing canker sores. Continue with your twice-daily brushing and daily flossing routine, ensuring gentle care around the affected area. While brushing, it’s essential not to neglect the sore, as plaque and bacteria buildup can impede the healing process. Consider using a mouthwash specifically formulated for mouth sores to alleviate discomfort and aid in healing. If pain persists or if you experience recurrent or prolonged sores, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team for professional guidance and support.

Seek Professional Assistance
Most canker sores resolve within a week with proper care. However, if you find yourself frequently experiencing sores or if they persist beyond a week, it’s advisable to schedule a visit to our office. Our experienced team at Friendly Smiles will assess your oral health, provide expert advice, and offer tailored solutions to address your concerns effectively.

For more information on maintaining optimal oral health or to schedule your next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact Friendly Smiles. We’re here to help you achieve a healthy, radiant smile that you can proudly share with the world.

Friendly Smiles of West Deptford
Phone: 856-464-1141
Url: https://www.friendlysmiles.com/
1165 Mantua Pike
West Deptford, NJ 08051