Have you ever developed a canker sore? For many people, canker sores represent an embarrassing and reoccurring issue. What causes a person to develop a canker sore? What can we do to prevent them or treat them? At Viva Family Dentistry, we discuss the common causes of canker sores and what can be done to address them.

Causes and Symptoms of Canker Sores

First, you should be ware that canker sores and cold sores are not the same thing. Cold sores form outside the mouth and are caused by viruses. Cold sores are very contagious. A canker sore typically forms inside the mouth. Symptoms of a canker sore include:

  • A tingling or burning feeling before the sore appears
  • One or more painful sores in the mouth, including on the soft palate or tongue.
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Recurring fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes

A variety of factors may be behind the presence of a canker sore. At the moment, researchers still debate exactly what causes a canker sore to form. Common risk factors for developing canker sores include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Stress
  • Injury
  • Poor nutrient intake
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Fruits and vegetables with a high levels of acidity
  • Weak immune system

Patients between the ages of 10 and 20 are most likely to develop canker sores. However, some people may continue to develop them later in life.

How Do I Treat Canker Sores?

Unfortunately, there is little in the way of treatment for a canker sore. In most cases, the best course of action is to simply wait. The pain abates after a few days and the sore itself should help within one or two weeks. However, if you have a canker sore that is persistent and very painful, you should schedule an appointment. In rare cases, canker sores may be serious enough to warrant either a prescription or over-the-counter solution or ointment to reduce the severity of symptoms.

About Dr. Truong: Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. Our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).