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Phone: 989-773-3560

900 E Bellows St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


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

young man feeling pain, holding his cheek with handDr. Kenneth Egger is a dentist in Mount Pleasant, MI, who sees patients complaining of discomfort in the mouth. Whether it’s a toothache or a canker sore, he can provide a proper diagnosis of the problem and discuss possible treatment options. Canker sores can be extremely painful and problematic for patients, but with proper care, many patients can reduce their risk and find solutions to ensure they are comfortable as the area is healing.

What is a canker sore and what causes them to develop?

A canker sore is a small ulcer that forms on the inside of the mouth, lips, or throat. These sores can be excruciating for some patients and make it difficult to eat or drink. Canker sores are not contagious, but they can reoccur. There are several things that can trigger canker sores, including stress, hormones, certain foods, and allergies. By knowing what is triggering your canker sores, you can be more prepared for their arrival or eliminate their occurrence altogether.

How are canker sores treated?

There is no cure for canker sores, but there are treatments that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort. Over-the-counter remedies, such as mouthwashes and gels, can help to numb the pain. Prescription medications may also be used to treat canker sores. In severe cases, a doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid or antiviral medication.

Preventing canker sores

There is no sure way to prevent canker sores. However, there are some things that you can do to reduce your risk:

  • Avoid foods that may trigger canker sores, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, spicy foods, and chocolate.
  • Limit your intake of coffee and alcohol.
  • Quit smoking if you smoke cigarettes.
  • Brush your teeth gently and thoroughly with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • See your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

Learn more about ways to care for the smile

If you are located in the Mount Pleasant, MI area and want to speak to Dr. Kenneth Egger and his team about canker sores and other oral health concerns, book an appointment by calling 989-773-3560 and scheduling a visit with our friendly front office team. We can help with canker sores and many other conditions that can impact the teeth and gums.