What are Canker Sores?

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Winter is coming, and that means that oral sore season is open for business. But did you know that there are multiple varieties of oral sores? One kind of mouth sore is defined as the canker sore, and we’ve written an outline here for your learning purposes.

Canker sores are little sores that develop inside of the oral cavity, regularly on the cheeks or under the tongue, but also on the lips, gums and roof of the oral cavity. Generally activated by insufficient amounts of sleep, biting your cheek or high amounts of stress, canker sores regularly appear as whitish yellow incisions with a slightly red border. (Multiple patients confuse these sores with cold sores; if the sore is inside your mouth, it’s likely a canker sore, and if it’s outside of your mouth, it’s most likely a cold sore.)

While canker sores are not spreadable, they’re not exactly enjoyable, and you’ll most likely want to get rid of them as fast as reasonably possible since they can be tender. Unfortunately, there’s no procedure for canker sores and they have to go away on their own, so you’ll need to trust in your body to work its healing magic. While you wait, avoid spicy foods, sharp or crunchy foods. You can also try pain relievers if the pain is too uncomfortable.

If you have canker sores that aren’t recovering, it would be a good idea to phone our Wilmington, North Carolina, office at 910-763-1072 to set up your next appointment. Dr. Cory Williams and the staff at Cory Williams, DDS will be able to look at your mouth and see if anything grave is happening.