Canker Sores: The Tips to Relieving Aches and Pains

Dr. Dr. Michael Hall and our Smiles Dental team know how inconvenient, troublesome, and annoying canker sores in Lebanon, Oregon, can be. So, if you are currently suffering from a canker sore, we are happy to give you the tips you need to relieve your aches and pains.

We recommend doing the following things:

-Avoid eating foods that can irritate the sore, like acidic, citrus, and spicy foods.

-Avoid chewing gum because it can also bother the sore and cause more pain and discomfort.

-Keep your mouth clean by brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush after each meal. We also recommend flossing your smile at least once a day. Doing these things will help keep food particles and debris away from the sore.

-Visit your dentist and ask for treatment. Your dentist might prescribe an antimicrobial mouthwash, a corticosteroid ointment, or an over-the counter solution that will help you.

Even though these tips can be very beneficial, there is a chance that they might not be. If your sore lasts more than three weeks, if it is unusually large, if it begins to spread, if it provides intolerable pain, if it involves a high fever, or if it makes swallowing difficult, it might be a symptom of a major dental problem. So, if your sore has any of these characteristics, please call 541.497.7970 as soon as possible and schedule an appointment with your dentist. We also encourage you to call our office if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to relieve the pains of your canker sore. We are happy to help you!