Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Marietta Cosmetic Dentist Talks about Canker Sores

Canker sores can be very painful sores inside the mouth.  Sores are small ulcers and can make eating or even talking very uncomfortable.  They may flair up on the tongue, roof of mouth or inside the cheeks.  There is usually a sore tingly feeling before sore flairs up.  The sores are usually round, gray or white with a bright red border.  Tissue injury and stress are thought to be the main causes sore appear.  Citrus and acidic food sometimes trigger sores to appear or make matters worse is already infected. 

Dental and orthodontic work can irritate mouth and gum tissue that sometimes lead to a sore.  Sore can also be caused by a low immune system.  Low iron, b-12, zinc and folic acid can cause health condition leading a sores being a possible side effect.   Severe cases of sores can lead to conditions such as swollen lymph nodes and a fever.  Untreated sores can take a week or two to heal.  If severe and persists, your dentist can prescribe medication or give ideas of over the counter products to use.  There are anti-microbial mouth wash and corticosteroid ointment over the counter that your dentist can give instruction on how to use to limit pain.  If the sore are unusually big, last longer than 3 weeks, terrible intolerable pain, high fever, difficulty drinking fluids, more than one sore, it’s very important to contact your dentist.  There is no cure for sores and re-occurrence but there are ways to try avoid getting them.  

If prone to sores, try to avoid acidic and citrus or spicy foods.  Proper daily hygiene is important to keeping bacteria low that could trigger a sore.  Brushing and flossing daily are vital to maintaining low bacteria levels in the mouth.  Sores can be hard on your health considering the length of time they usually take to heal.  Taking care or oral hygiene and proper nutrition can help prevent sores from appearing.

Marietta cosmetic dentist, +Kirk Kimmerling DDS  does a special prescription mouth rinse that can help.  Call and schedule an appointment, as he can help.