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What do you know about canker sores in your mouth? Would you be surprised to hear that there are many differences between cold sores and canker sores? For instance, canker sores only form inside your mouth, but they can form on your tongue, lips, or cheeks. Furthermore, would you be surprised to learn that canker sores aren’t actually contagious? In fact, no one knows what the exact cause of these sores is, and there aren’t any treatments available. However, there are a number of things you should try doing to make dealing with canker sores more pleasant.

Fortunately, canker sores tend to fade on their own with a little time. Sadly, simple tasks like chewing your food and brushing your teeth and gums can be more difficult and painful while you have these sores. In general, we recommend using store-bought painkillers to alleviate your discomfort. You can also use over the counter topical gels to keep your smile clean and healthy. If these different options don’t work well for you, there are stronger medications that could help.

You may also be aware that, while no one knows the cause of canker sores, brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis can help you avoid canker sores altogether. Still, there are many different issues you should look for. If you have a canker sore in your mouth and have a fever, please contact your doctor. If you have a canker sore that lasts for more than three months, we recommend calling us as soon as you can.

If you have any concerns about how to cope with a canker sore in Beverly Hills, California, we invite you to contact Philippe Athuil, DDS at 310-286-2241. Our dentist, Dr. Philippe Athuil, and our team will be happy to assess your teeth and to give you individualized advice. We look forward to hearing from you soon.