Dr. Gemmi Talks About Treating Canker Sores

No one enjoys having canker sores, especially when you’ve got braces to irritate it. Before we get into the best ways to treat canker sores, let’s talk a bit about the causes.

Unfortunately, the exact cause of these bothersome blisters is still unknown, but there are quite a few theories that present some reasonable ideas. It is believed by some that canker sores result from mouth washes and toothpastes which include the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate and dry out the mouth. Others suggest that stress, genetics, mouth trauma, and immune system reactions are responsible for this unwanted pain. While it sucks to have a canker sore no matter what your situation is, those with braces seem to suffer from them the most. Life just doesn’t seem to be fair, does it? But wait —canker sores are easily treated, so stop enduring the pain! Obtaining beautiful teeth doesn’t always have to come through sacrifice.

Here are a few of Dr. Gemmi’s at-home treatments for canker sores

  • Rinse your mouth several times a day with a mixture of warm water, salt and baking soda
  • If you’re up for a little extra pain, dab the sore directly with some salt or baking soda and leave it on for a few minutes. This will desensitize the pain as well as speed up the healing process.
  • Licorice Root. This plant has actually been getting rave reviews for healing canker sores!
  • Vitamins
  • Yogurts with live cultures. This delicious food is useful for more than just breakfast—simply hold it in your mouth for a few seconds, and swallow!
  • Stress Relief. Don’t overwork yourself—your body will suffer

There are also many remedies that can be purchased at local drug stores and pharmacies to help treat the pain! Talk to Dr. Gemmi or Dr. Middleberg if you need a prescription!

Here’s a short video about treating canker sores…

How Can I Best Prevent Getting Canker Sores In The Future?

  • Avoid foods that irritate your mouth, specifically those that are spicy or contain a high acidic content
  • Avoid excessive gum chewing—this can cause unwanted irritation!
  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush after each meal, and floss daily to keep your mouth free of foods that might trigger a canker sore.

When Should I See Dr. Gemmi or Dr. Middleberg About A Canker Sore?

Luckily, canker sores rarely last over 10-14 days, and the pain goes away even faster. However, please come see us if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Unusually large sores
  • Sores that seem to be spreading
  • Sores that last longer than 3 weeks
  • Intolerable pain despite pain resultant from trigger foods and over-the-counter medication
  • Difficulty drinking enough daily fluids
  • A high fever that accompanies your canker sores

We hope you have learned everything you need to know about canker sores. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ASK US! Your comfort is our #1 priority.

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