Canker Sores

What Is A Canker Sore?

In the dental industry, we like to call them mouth ulcers. They are white, crater-like sores on the inside of the mouth, sometimes accompanied by redness around the white area. They might be found on the inside of the lips, cheeks, on or under the tongue, or even near the throat. They are not to be confused with cold sores, which appear around the outside of the lips.

What Causes A Canker Sore?

Lots of things! Anything from certain acidic foods, spices, injury, or stress to hormone imbalances or immune disorders.

What Should I Do About A Canker Sore?

Most canker sores resolve on their own. They are very common and typically not anything to be concerned about. If a canker sore is unusually large or lasts for more than a couple of weeks, call us up to make an appointment. If a canker sore is accompanied by any other unusual symptoms not related to your mouth (like fever or difficulty swallowing), you should call a doctor right away.

If you have any concerns about a canker sore, don’t hesitate to call us up to schedule an appointment. It’s always best to get it examined if you have any questions or concerns.