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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dental Health: Canker Sores

Canker sores are small ulcers in the mouth. They can make eating, drinking, and even speaking uncomfortable. They can also make oral hygiene practices like brushing your teeth and gargling with mouthwash painful.

Causes of Canker Sores

The exact cause of canker sores is unknown. Simple canker sores can be triggered or worsened by highly acidic foods and beverages, dental devices like braces, and anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Complex canker sores may be caused by a vitamin deficiency, or gastrointestinal diseases.

Symptoms of Canker Sores

Canker sores are identifiable by their round shape, gray or white color, and red border. Often painful, these open sores in your mouth may also cause:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Fever


Reasons to Contact Your Dentist for a Canker Sore

Most canker sores will heal within a few weeks. You will want to contact your dentist if your sores are:

  • Unusually large
  • Spreading
  • Extremely painful
  • Interfering with eating and drinking
  • Accompanied by a fever


The dentists at Colonial Dental Group can prescribe special mouthwash in these cases that will help heal the sores.

If you live in or around Chicago, Illinois, and are experiencing difficulties with canker sores, please contact the experienced dentists at the Colonial Dental Group today for a thorough examination and review of your treatment options.

posted by Erica at 9:31 AM

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