Wausa NE Dentist | Ow! Your Guide to Canker Sores

Wausa NE Dentist

A canker sore can make eating, drinking, and talking difficult and even painful. Maintaining your oral health by brushing and flossing may also be difficult with a sore in your mouth, but keeping up with your daily oral hygiene routine is an important step in the healing process. We’ve put together a short guide to everything you need to know about canker sores.

../../../../../Stock%20Photos/Identity%20Purchased/iStock-637756624.jpg

What do they look like?

Canker sores are usually small, round reddish sores. You’ll find them on the soft tissues of your mouth, such as your tongue, the sides of your mouth, and at the base of your gums. Occasionally, a sore might have a yellow or white colored center.

What causes them?

Among the most common causes of canker sores are injuries. This can happen from biting your lip or cheek, an injury from sports, or even vigorous brushing. Certain people are sensitive to toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate, leading to sores. Foods may also cause canker sores in certain people. Chocolate, eggs, nuts, and spicy foods have been known to cause the sores. At times, a diet that is deficient in vitamin B-12 or zinc is the culprit.

What can I do?

Your best defense is to keep your mouth healthy. This means keeping up with your twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. With a mouth sore, it may be tempting to avoid the area when brushing your teeth. This can lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria. Aid the healing process by keeping your mouth clean and healthy. You may also try a mouthwash formulated for mouth sores. When in doubt, or if pain persists, talk to our team.

Brush thoroughly but gently around sores. Most canker sores heal within a week. If you find you are regularly getting sores, or they are taking longer than one week to heal, schedule a visit to our Wausa dentist. We will assess your oral health and provide you with our expert advice.

For more information about oral health or to schedule your next visit, please contact Family 1st Dental of Wausa. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Family 1st Dental of Wausa
Phone: (402) 586-2611
102 South Lincoln Street
Wausa , NE 68786

Return to Blog Articles

Visit Our Wausa Dental Office

Wausa Location

102 N Lincoln,
Wausa, NE 68786

(402) 586-2611

Whx9PMnw

Our Dental News

dentist in Wausa NE

How Chocolate Affects the Health of Your Teeth | Dentist Wausa NE

Did you know that chocolate might not be as bad for your teeth as people may have thought? You can now eat your favorite treat without feeling guilty. Studies have shown that there are benefits to eating chocolate, however, not […]

Learn More
68786 dentist

How Probiotics Improve Oral Health | Dentist in Wausa NE

Probiotics are typically advertised as being helpful for digestion. However, studies have shown that they can also improve oral health. Probiotics are beneficial for fighting infections that lead to oral disease.   Reducing Gingivitis  A study found by our Wausa dentist […]

Learn More
68786 dentist

Health Alert: Preventing Osteoporosis | Wausa Dentist

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects roughly 10 million Americans, according to statistics from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Additionally, another 44 million people are at an increased risk of developing the disease due to of low bone density. Symptoms appear […]

Learn More