What is a canker sore and how can it be treated?

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2019
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What causes canker soresScientists still have determined what causes painful sores such as canker sores. These sores may seem to randomly develop in the mouth and can be problematic for those who experience them. Canker sores look like small, shallow white sores that occur at the base of the gums, on the tongue, or in the soft tissues of the mouth, such as inside the cheek. These ulcers, sometimes referred to as aphthous stomatitis, are one of the most common varieties of oral lesions and affect approximately 1/5th of all people at any point in time during their life. While the reason of their development is still unknown, dentists can provide a proper diagnosis and help patients get rid of their canker sores faster.

What causes canker sores?

It is believed that there is a link between canker sore development and:

  • Genetics
  • High stress levels
  • Reactions to certain medications
  • Diet
  • Underlying diseases
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Tissue injury
  • Depressed immune system/responses

How is a canker sore treated by a dentist?

At Clarendon Dental Arts, Dr. Danine Fresch Gray and her staff in Arlington, VA work regularly with patients who experience these painful, problematic sores. If left untreated, these sores will often go away on their own. However, many patients visit their dentist to try to reduce the time the canker sores are present. Some of the ways in which canker sores can be addressed include:

  • Reducing intake of spicy and acidic foods
  • Rinsing the mouth with warm-water solutions or antimicrobial mouthwashes
  • Asking the dentist for over-the-counter numbing medications to reduce discomfort
  • Requesting a corticosteroid ointment via prescription

Many of these solutions can help reduce the duration during which patients are dealing with their painful canker sores.

Learn more about canker sores today!

The team of Clarendon Dental Arts are pleased to provide a wide selection of services for patients in the area of Arlington, VA. If you live in the community and are interested in seeking care with a quality professional, contact Dr. Danine Fresch Gray and her team by calling (703) 525-5901. The practice is conveniently located at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard and accepts new patients and families.

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