Dental hygiene is obviously an important preventive measure for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile! Unfortunately, even diligent tooth brushing and flossing aren’t always enough to keep your teeth and gums free from problems. Cavities are common, even amongst those with excellent dental care, for instance. But canker sores are another common issue many people struggle with; these can be painful, and make it difficult to eat or even speak without discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to help treat a canker sore so you can get back to enjoying your life even quicker. And who doesn’t want that?
Sadly, doctors have not yet identified a specific cause of canker sores, making prevention difficult at best. However, medical researchers do believe that stress, trauma to the mouth, viral infections, and extreme food sensitivities can all contribute to canker sores. If you experience frequent or very severe canker sores you may want to talk to your dentist or doctor about prescription treatment, such as antibiotics or a topical anesthetic.
Fortunately, research does indicate it is possible to help speed healing from a canker sore. Without any treatment, most canker sores will go away within two weeks. However, you may need to see your dentist or doctor, if a canker sore persists past that time period, or shows no signs of healing.
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