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Published on: 21 Oct 2016 by e-kalman
Canker sores are sometimes very painful and can
develop in children, as well as adults.
But what exactly is a canker sore?
Canker sores can develop on the inside of the cheeks
or on the tongue and will look a bit like a small painful sore spot that can be
white, grey or yellow colored with a red rim. They can last up to a couple of
weeks before they heal and often affect teenagers, but may develop in children
as young as age 2.
Canker sores are very different from cold sores that
tend to form on the outside of the lips. Unlike cold sores, canker sores aren’t
caused by a virus and they aren’t contagious.
Causes Canker Sores?
This is a bit of a mystery as nobody is quite sure why
some kids get canker sores while others don’t. It’s unknown as to why they
develop but they have been linked to stress or some sort of irritation inside
For instance, eating or drinking very hot foods or
rough foods such as corn chips can cause an irritation. Sometimes spicy foods
can provoke an attack, but if your child often has cold sores then it may be
worth asking your NYC leading dentist for advice. These may
present themselves occasionally and be a symptom of a food allergy or a
deficiency in iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid.
Interestingly, an ingredient found in many toothpastes
has been linked to canker sores and this is sodium lauryl sulfate. This
ingredient helps toothpaste to foam up so if your kid does suffer from frequent
canker sores it might be useful for them to use a toothpaste that doesn’t
contain this ingredient.
Can Canker Sores Be Treated?
If your kid only has a minor canker sore then they
probably won’t need any treatment as the sore should heal in a week or two.
However, if the sore is painful or irritating, then a warm salt water rinse
could help to soothe it. Just make sure your kid doesn’t swallow this mixture.
Another solution is to use a paste of baking soda and
water which can be applied directly to the sores after meals. Some kids find a
small amount of milk of magnesia to be soothing as this can be dabbed onto the
sore several times a day, promoting healing while easing pain. Age-appropriate
over-the-counter painkillers may also help.
If the sore is very painful then it could be worth
booking an appointment with one of NYC
leading dentist. They might be able to prescribe a topical medicine or a
special type of mouthwash to help the sores to heal.
Making sure that your child avoids eating highly
abrasive foods that could irritate the gums and the inside of their mouth can
help avoid any attacks. It might also pay to make sure they stay away from very
spicy or acidic foods or foods that are very salty.
They should use a soft bristled toothbrush and its
worth checking that your kid isn’t brushing too hard as this could irritate
their gums. At Midtown
Dental Specialists, we can always give additional advice on
brushing techniques if required. The good news is that most times canker sores
aren’t a huge problem and as your kid gets older they may well begin to outgrow