What is a Canker Sore?

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If you are suffering from a canker sore, you probably know that they can be pretty painful, but do you ever wonder what a canker sore actually is, or what you may be able to do about them? As you may know, there isn’t a treatment for canker sores, but there are many different things you can try to make this experience more bearable.

Unlike cold sores, canker sores are a wound and not a virus. Furthermore, canker sores typically appear inside of your mouth—sometimes on the tongue, lips, or cheeks. You should also know that these sores aren’t contagious. Unfortunately, if you have a canker sore, brushing and flossing could be very unpleasant.

Even though there isn’t a cure for these painful sores, they’ll typically fade on their own—and there are a number of solutions you can try to deal with these sores until they’re gone. In fact, there are different topical gels and over-the-counter medications that can help you with the pain. Our team can also prescribe stronger topical medication and antibacterial mouthwash if necessary.

Similarly, please remember that flossing your teeth can help you prevent canker sores. Also, if you do have a canker sore that is accompanied by a fever, joint pain, or a sluggish feeling, we suggest contacting our doctor as soon as you can. You should also give us a call right away if a canker sore lasts longer than three weeks.

Would you like to learn more about dealing with a canker sore in Rialto, California? If so, feel free to contact Golden West Dental Clinic at 909-421-8787. Dr. Rosendo Garza will be happy to assess your pearly whites and to offer you personalized advice. We look forward to hearing from you!