Canker sores are small, painful ulcers in the insides of the cheeks, gums and on the tongue. These are typically small, flat and whitish in color, with red around the outside edge. They typically heal themselves in 7 to 10 days, but are very painful during this time. The sores can occur as a result of injury, but the exact cause of them is unknown. Some studies relate stress, fatigue or chemical irritants as increasing the risk of developing canker sores in the mouth.
If you are prone to canker sores, try brushing with a natural toothpaste that has fewer chemical agents than the traditional brands. For example, CloSYS paste has a mild natural mint flavor and does not use the Sodium Laurel Sulfate as a foaming agent. If you develop a canker sore, a quick 10-minute laser treatment at The Hills Dental Spa will speed the healing so you have relief from the pain in 24 hours or less. If you suffer from canker sores, ask more about how we can help.