Nobody wants them, lots of people get them, and they’re never pleasant (but they’re not as scary as they might seem): They’re canker sores! When one arrives in your mouth, you may find that you have no idea what to think, you suddenly have a long list of worries that you can’t seem to answer, and all you really want is for that sore to heal up and be gone! Fortunately, while you may initially feel a little out of your element and uncertain about how to proceed, a quick introduction of helpful details from our Ankeny, IA team will help you feel prepared and confident, should a canker make its (very unwelcome) arrival!
You’re Not Going To Spread It To Others
Patients often worry that the moment a canker sore appears, they are going to need to stay at least an arm’s length away from the people around them, stop sharing things, and heavily apply the hand sanitizer just to be sure that they don’t spread any related germs. Good news: This isn’t a contagious sore. You can go about your life as usual (and even kiss your loved one) without spreading that unpleasant canker.
You Really Need To Give It Some Space
While you don’t need to maintain space from the people around you, it is very important that you do give that canker sore lots of space. What we mean is: Don’t bother it. Don’t poke or prod. Don’t do an in-depth investigation that includes you touching it at all. Instead, steer clear of contact with it, so it has the easiest ability to heal without becoming irritated, extra inflamed, or aggravated.
You Can Numb It If It’s Bothering You
With that said, you are still welcome to apply a numbing topical product to that canker sore if it’s really uncomfortable. Just be delicate and, once applied, leave the area alone.
You Only Need Us If It’s Severe Or Persistent
In most cases, when a canker sore shows up, you’re not going to need to spend time at our practice to help it get better. The sores usually clear without extra help. However, that doesn’t mean you should stay away if you’re concerned, if it’s very uncomfortable, if it’s worse than usual, or if it isn’t going away.
Treat Your Canker Sore With Ease
Learn all about how to address canker sores when you visit our team for your next checkup. Dealing with a particularly severe or long-lasting one? Just give us a call to set up a visit with our team! See us soon by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.