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Your healthy smile is important, that means having healthy teeth and gums that are free from pain and disease. However, one oral issue that might arise is canker sores. Canker sores are tiny, shallow, ulcers in the mouth that make eating and talking challenging because they can be painful. Today, our dentist, Dr. Robert Doyle and our dental team in Steubenville, Ohio, would like to talk a little bit about canker sores.

Basically, there are two kinds of canker sores in the mouth. One is a “simple” canker sore and can crop up four times in a year and last for approximately a week at a time. Younger people ages 10 to 20 are more likely to develop this version a canker sore. The other kind of canker sore is a “complex” canker sore, and this kind is actually less common. This kind most often arises in people who have had them before.

There are a variety of things that can result in developing a canker sore. The most typical causes include stress and injury to your oral tissues. Acid is another common element. Eating acidic fruits and vegetables worsen this kind of canker sore. If you have problems with an oral appliance, such as braces, dentures that aren’t fitting properly, or a retainer malfunctioning can also irritate your oral tissue and result in a canker sore.

Usually, canker sores heal on their own, typically within a week. If they persist, your dentist can remove the sore with a dental laser treatment.

If you want to know more about canker sores or about other issues of the mouth, please call our office at 740-264-6811 today. Our dental team is here to help you with all of your oral health needs!