No one likes canker sores, but people with braces hate them even more. In this article, we’ll explore why canker sores form and look at ways to stop canker sores from hurting.
Why do people get canker sores
Canker sores are ulcers in your mouth that, contrary to popular belief, are not a form of the herpes virus. They cannot be passed between people and medical professionals don’t actually know why they are formed. Some of the theories include the use of sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpastes and mouthwashes as drying agents that give rise to canker sores while other possible causes cited include stress, immune system reactions, family history and mouth trauma.
Other possible causes of canker sores include vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid or iron deficiencies. Intolerances to gluten or celiac disease may also be responsible.
How do I stop canker sores from hurting
If you frequently get canker sores, then it may be worthwhile for you to visit the doctor to get a blood test for H Pylori bacterium. This may be a cause of your canker sores and can be treated with oral antibiotics. Your dentist or doctor will know more.
Your bracket may also rub against the canker sore causing you a lot of pain. You can use dental wax or dental silicone to keep that bracket from rubbing on your canker sore. This can be used in combination with products that cover the sore such as Canker Cover, Ora-5, Colgate Ora-base Soothe-n-Seal and Orajel Mouth Sore discs. For further pain relief, you can use topical products in your mouth such as lidocaine which is available at your local drugstore.
If you have a canker sore, you should also get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with warm salt water often. This will help to soothe your mouth. For a double whammy combination, try it with some antibacterial mouth washes to kill off the offending bacteria. Your New York Orthodontist can also provide you with a prescription that contains antibacterial ingredients with Lidocaine, a painkiller.
Foods to avoid with canker sores
- You should avoid eating anything with acid. This means no orange juice or citrus juices or any kind. Foods that contain vinegars such as salad dressings will also hurt.
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