Canker sores also called aphthous ulcers are small sores that form in the mouth, typically on the inside of the cheeks, on or under the tongue, and on the gums. There are two types of canker sores: simple and complex. Simple canker sores usually disappear within a week, while complex canker sores are less common and may be caused by an underlying condition. If canker sores become a cause for concern, our doctors at Southern Cross Dental can discuss treatment options with you.
Though the exact cause of canker sores is unknown, stress and poor diet are usually to blame. Canker sores can also develop if you’ve bitten your cheek, jabbed your gum with your toothbrush, or if you brush too vigorously. You may have a canker sore if you notice a painful, round, white or gray abscess with a red border in your oral cavity. To minimize the pain, you should avoid hot and spicy foods as well as acidic beverages. If a canker sore lasts more than two weeks, it’s important to visit your dentist. You may require a more aggressive form of treatment.
If you suffer from frequent canker sores, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.