Do I Need a Dentist to Remove Canker Sores?

We’ve all probably experienced small, painful sores inside of our mouths at some point in time. These are canker sores, which are actually small ulcers that develop in your mouth. How exactly do they come about, and should you head over to your dentist as soon as you develop them?

blonde girl biting her lower lip with a canker sore

How to Tell if You Have a Canker Sore

Canker sores are small, painful ulcers inside of your mouth, which also includes your palate and tongue. These round sores are red, grey, or white in color and are commonly identifiable by a burning sensation. In some cases, you may develop a fever or feel very sluggish if you have canker sores.

There are two types of canker sores. Simple canker sores commonly affect children and young adults, while complex canker sores affect adults who have had canker sores in the past. Regardless of type, canker sores are not contagious (unlike cold sores).

Causes of Canker Sores

There are no known causes of canker sores, but injury and stress are the two main reasons why people develop them. This includes eating highly acidic foods that irritate the mouth, like tomatoes, citrus, and pineapples as well as injury due to braces, a sharp tooth, or ill-fitting dentures. Complex canker sores can arise as a result of vitamin deficiencies, Crohn’s disease and other serious health issues, and from having immune system issues.

Canker Sore Treatment

There is no way to treat a canker sore other then letting it run its course, so you don’t need to see your dentist to remove them. If the pain is too much, however, you can actually seek out laser treatment to help heal your canker sores.

If you have complex canker sores, it’s important to discuss with your doctor ways to prevent them from developing in the future and what you can do to improve your overall health to prevent them. Simple canker sores pose no real threat to your oral or overall health, so there is no need to be alarmed if you do develop them even a few times a year. If you have questions about preventing or treating canker sores, our team at Austex Dental can help. Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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