You may have woken up one morning and walked into your bathroom only to find a large white bump on the inside of your lip. It may be inflamed or even bleeding as a result of you touching or picking at it, but this is no way to get rid of. That’s why you need to hear from your dentist in Lancaster on how to handle canker sores. With these tips, you can avoid canker sores in the future and eat the foods you enjoy without worry.
What are Canker Sores?
Canker sores are characterized as small, shallow, ulcers that appear in the mouth or on the lips. These ulcers are sensitive, making it more difficult to eat, chew, and talk. Canker sores should not be confused with cold sores, which are fluid-filled blisters caused by herpes simplex type 1. Canker sores only occur inside the mouth, while cold sores can occur on the face.
There are two types of canker sores to consider. They include:
- Simple canker sores – These occur among people between the ages of 10 and 20 and can occur several times throughout the year.
- Complex canker sores – A less common canker sore, these occur more often in people who regularly get canker sores.
What Causes Canker Sores?
While the direct cause is generally unknown, it’s usually due to stress or tissue injury in the mouth. Acidic foods like lemons, oranges, pineapples, and apples can irritate mouth tissue and create canker sores. If a sharp dental appliance or tooth surface touches mouth tissue, a canker sore can emerge. They can also appear due to an underlying health condition, like an impaired immune system. If you have a nutrition deficiency or suffer from celiac or Crohn’s disease, you may be more vulnerable to canker sores.
How Do I Treat and Prevent Future Canker Sores?
If you fee a tingling or burning sensation on your lips or in areas of your mouth, it could be a sign of a growing canker sore. Sores are round in shape and typically white or gray in color with a red-edged border. Thankfully, canker sores often go away on their own, with pain subsiding in a few days and completely disappearing in one to two weeks. Their removal can also be removed via a dental laser.
If you’d like to reduce canker sores, avoid citric fruits, acidic vegetables, and spicy foods as these can irritate your tissues. Food debris caught in your teeth can also trigger a sore, so be sure to brush your teeth and floss after meals. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove as much as possible without irritation.
If you notice large sores, have sores that don’t go away after several weeks, or experience severe pain even after taking painkillers and eating non-triggering foods, see your dentist in Lancaster County as soon as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Sean Moriarty graduated from Penn State to earn his undergraduate degree and from the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University to earn his Doctor in Dental Medicine degree. He has completed over 100 hours of continuing education every year, much of which has been focused on learning new and advanced procedures. This makes him fully prepared to issue treatment for whatever issues you may have. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (717) 961-5767 or visit his website.