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The mouth is more than just your teeth. One issue many people come across, that is not always related to teeth, is a canker sore. Canker sores are shallow, small ulcers that make eating and talking difficult. They can occur as a singular sore, or several at a time. They are obnoxious–but luckily, not contagious.

Unfortunately for us, doctors are not entirely certain what causes canker sores. They tend to run in families, though some experts believe bacteria or viruses to be involved. Occasionally, an injury to the soft tissues of the mouth can also cause canker sores.

There is not currently a cure for canker sores. But if you have one, don’t fret–there are a few things you can do to lessen the discomfort while you wait. An over-the-counter anesthetic may help, as could over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes. Definitely avoid any spicy or acidic foods, as they could irritate the sores.

Luckily, the pain should fade in a few days and the sore should heal on its own within seven days. Antibiotics from your dentist may help control secondary infection. You don’t need to see a doctor about canker sores unless it your first time getting them, or if it is larger than 1 cm.

To learn more about canker sores or other abnormalities of the mouth, we invite you to call Atwood Family Dental at 432.337.6165. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we are happy to give you the information you’re looking for!