Canker Sores: Let’s Talk Details

We know that the arrival of a canker sore in your mouth is not something that you find yourself celebrating. To the contrary, it can get in the way of your daily life because associated discomfort often makes eating and speaking uncomfortable. Fortunately, this type of change in your mouth is generally not a very big deal. “So, now what?” you wonder (because it certainly feels like a big deal). We’re happy to guide you!

Their Color And Shape

Not sure if it’s a canker? Don’t worry, canker sores are unique in their appearance in that they will look like the following:

  • They will form shallow ulcers in your mouth
  • The center of those ulcers may appear white or yellow
  • You will see that the center of the sore will have a red ring around it
  • You will find them inside your mouth, not on lips

Why They’re There

Doctors are still not completely sure about the cause behind these types of sores. However, problems like injuries to your oral tissue and stress are thought to make you more likely to develop one.

What You Should Do

You should leave it alone, keep your fingers and toothbrush away from it, and let it heal. You can feel free to rinse, so you keep it free of debris and bacteria. You may also enjoy pain relief with a topical ointment from the drugstore formulated for oral sores.

When You Should Call Us

You probably won’t need to call us. That is, unless you’re seeing or feeling a canker sore in your mouth that far surpasses anything you’ve experienced before. If it’s very large, swollen, painful, or isn’t healing, let us know immediately!

Come In For Serious Sores

If you have a canker sore that’s severe or some other type of concern that requires a checkup, simply give us a call to set up a visit! Find out if you’re making good choices by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.