Canker Sores

What is a canker sore?

A canker sore (aphthous ulcers) is a small sore inside the mouth that can often recur. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. Canker sores can be present in the mouth, on the tongue, under the tongue, on gums, and in the throat.

Why do you get canker sores?

Some possible canker sore causes include, stress, tissue injury, and vegetables and fruits high in citrus or acid. Others possible causes for canker sores include deficiency in vitamins or a weak immune system.

How long do canker sores last?

Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of a canker sore can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents.

What kind of treatment is available for canker sores?

A dentist can diagnose and check if you have canker sores. Our dentists can then prescribe a canker sore mouthwash, prescription for canker sore pain relief, or canker sore ointment.

When should you go see a dentist?

If you or your child experience severe or chronic canker sores that last longer than 3 weeks, reoccur frequently, spread, are painful and unusually big, or canker sores accompanied with fever, then it would be best to avoid home remedies and seek a professional.

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