Canker-Sore Blues


Despite being tiny in size, canker sores can be a huge pain…in the mouth. So what causes these sores to appear? Unfortunately, this Irvine sedation dentist can’t give you a clear-cut answer. What is clear though is that about 20 percent of the population suffers from canker sores, and they come in two varieties: simple and complex!

Simple canker sores appear a few times a year and last for about a week, with occurrence happening mostly in people between the ages 10 through 20. Complex canker sores are less common. However, those who have had canker sores before are most likely to get them.

Still, despite there being no evidence for the exact causes for canker sores. What this Irvine sedation dentist can tell you is that several factors have been linked to their occurrence. These factors include: stress, injury, intake of acidic foods, sharp objects (i.e.-braces), a weakened immune system, gastrointestinal disease, as well as nutritional problems.

The good news about these tiny sores are that they usually do not require treatment. On the other hand, if they cause too much discomfort doctors generally suggest over-the-counter ointments you would use to alleviate toothaches. If the pain stays longer than three weeks, see a doctor. They may prescribe antimicrobial mouth rinses or a prescription drug to combat pain.

Brushing your teeth after meals and flossing daily also helps keep the mouth clean and canker-sore free. For more information in keeping your mouth free from sores, contact your local Irvine sedation dentist today at (949) 857-1270.