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Ow! Your Guide to Canker Sores | Dentist Kendall Miami

Dealing with a canker sore can be quite uncomfortable, affecting your ability to eat, drink, and speak. However, maintaining your oral health is crucial, even when dealing with a sore. At SoFlo Dental, serving the Kendall Miami area, we understand the challenges of coping with canker sores and offer guidance to aid in the healing process. Here’s everything you need to know about canker sores:

What Do They Look Like?
Canker sores typically appear as small, round reddish ulcers on the soft tissues of your mouth, including your tongue, inside of your cheeks, and along the gumline. In some cases, a sore may develop a yellow or white center.

What Causes Them?
Canker sores can result from various factors, with common causes including accidental injuries such as biting the inside of your lip or cheek, sports-related trauma, or aggressive brushing. Some individuals may also be sensitive to certain toothpaste ingredients, such as sodium lauryl sulfate. Additionally, certain foods like chocolate, eggs, nuts, and spicy foods can trigger canker sores in susceptible individuals. Deficiencies in vitamin B-12 or zinc in the diet may also contribute to their development.

What Can You Do?
Maintaining good oral hygiene is key to managing canker sores. Despite the discomfort, it’s essential to continue brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing regularly. Avoiding the affected area during brushing can lead to plaque and bacteria buildup, hindering the healing process. Consider using a mouthwash specifically formulated for mouth sores to help alleviate discomfort and promote healing. If the pain persists or if you experience frequent or prolonged sores, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced dental team for further evaluation and personalized advice.

When to Seek Professional Help?
While most canker sores heal within a week, persistent or recurrent sores may require professional attention. If you find yourself regularly experiencing canker sores or if they take longer than a week to heal, schedule a visit to our office. Our team will assess your oral health and provide tailored recommendations to address your concerns effectively.

For more information about maintaining optimal oral health or to schedule your next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact SoFlo Dental. We’re dedicated to supporting your oral health needs and look forward to assisting you.

SoFlo Dental of Miami
Phone: 305-662-2599
13550 Sw 88th ST, Suite 112
Miami, FL 33186