family dentist San AntonioSome patients with canker sores find that they seem to develop these lesions quite frequently. Canker sores can form anywhere in the mouth along soft tissues such as the insides of cheeks and lips. In most cases, a canker sore will heal on its own. However, patients with frequent canker sores may be at risk for developing oral infections that can affect dental health and quality of life. Our family dentist offers insight.

What is a canker sore?

Sometimes a canker sore is confused with a cold sore or “fever blister”. While the actual cause of a canker sore is unknown, cold sores are known to be caused by a specific virus. While these two conditions sometimes produce similar symptoms, the methods used to treat a canker sore are different from treatment for a cold sore. Canker sores are lesions on the lining of soft tissues in the mouth. Studies show that stress and certain foods may trigger canker sores. Patients under heavy stress are more likely to suffer from a canker sore. There exist two types of canker sores: Simple and complex. Simple canker sores appear only a few times each year while complex canker sores affect patients far more frequently.

When is treatment necessary for a canker sore?

In most cases, a canker sore will naturally heal on its own. If the sore persist for more than a week, changes shape or color, or becomes larger, you should schedule an appointment with our family dentist for an examination. During your examination, our team will determine the appropriate course of action and may refer you to a general practitioner physician if necessary.

How are canker sores treated?

To help alleviate discomfort and assist with the healing process, our family dentist may prescribe ointments and mouth rinses. You may be instructed to avoid certain irritants such as acidic foods and beverages as well.

To schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists, contact our friendly team at 210-616-0858 today.