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Canker sores are shallow ulcers that can appear inside your mouth and cause irritation. They can make eating and talking uncomfortable, but they also are common and not serious. Want to learn more about them? Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children is happy to give you the details.

There are two categories of canker sores. The first is regular old canker sores. These can appear about three to four times a year, usually on the insides of your cheeks. They typically stay around for about a week, then disappear. This sore is common, especially for people ages 10 to 20. The second category is called complex canker sores. These are less common and it typically form in the mouths of people who have had them before.

Although the exact cause of the canker sore is unknown, stress and oral tissue injury seem to be the main contributing factors for simple canker sores. Acid can also be a trigger – meaning acidic fruits and vegetables. In some cases, a sharp tooth or a dental appliance, like braces, badly-fitting dentures, or a retainer may create a canker sore.

There isn’t a professional treatment for canker sores. That’s because the pain should lessen in a few days and the sore should heal itself within about a week. If your sores tend to last longer or are exceedingly irritating, your dentist may be able to remove it with a dental laser treatment.

If you have any questions or if want to learn more about canker sores to help your child, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children. All you need to do is dial 707-257-6453 and our dental team will be eager to help you. We look forward to hearing from you!