Say goodbye to canker sores: how to prevent them and end the discomfort
Who hasn’t suffered from canker sores at some stage or other? No one escapes from these small mouth lesions. Together with tooth decay, they are one of the most common oral diseases. They are particularly common among children and young people, although they also bother many adults who continue to suffer from them during adulthood.
If you are one of the people who suffer from them on a regular basis, you will know that the pain that they cause, and their appearance is unmistakeable. They appear without any prior warning, and they bring discomfort, a burning sensation on the inner cheeks, the tongue or lips and they look like small white wounds surrounded by a reddish halo.
In extreme cases, they can even cause fever and general discomfort and even though canker sores are benign most of the time, these signs might point to the presence of systemic or more serious diseases. This is when you should go to see a doctor.
But why do they appear? can we avoid them? how can we get rid of them? ¡We will answer all these questions in this blog!
Why they appear and how to prevent them
In order to prevent canker sores and get rid of them as soon as possible, you must first understand what causes them to appear. These causes include:
A genetic predisposition. If several members of your family show a tendency to suffer from them on a recurring basis, it is quite likely that sooner or later you will suffer from them too. Their causes include a genetic component. In these cases, you should be informed and prepared for when they do appear.
Traumatisms. Mouth ulcers can form when the membrane covering the inside of the mouth gets damaged by a blow, bite or lip injury. The use of a gumshield when playing hazardous sports can reduce damage of this nature.
Orthodontics or dental prothesis. As we have already seen in other posts, orthodontics can affect our oral health. Sometimes, the hardness of the materials can cause chafing and produce small wounds on the cheeks. The use of orthodontic wax or silicone applied locally to the appliance can prevent the mucosa from being affected by friction.
How to eliminate canker sores
These injuries usually disappear on their own within 10 – 14 days, without leaving any scars or causing any complications. But can we reduce the pain that they cause? Fortunately, the answer is yes. Even though there is no specific therapy for this complaint, there are local topical treatments such as sprays and rinses that have been specifically designed to ease the discomfort and reduce inflammation.
On other occasions, a medical or pharmaceutical professional may make a diagnosis and recommend certain antibiotics or treatments with corticoids, especially when topical treatments have not brought satisfactory results.
Moreover, another aspect that you should also consider, and something that you must have surely realised, is that you cannot eat everything and anything that you want if you want to recover quickly.
Foods to avoid:
We hope that we have managed to clear up any doubts you may have had and that you can now help to prevent these small (but big and irksome) oral inconveniences. Bye-bye canker sores!Back to Blog