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Atlanta Dentists at Downtown Atlanta Dentistry Offer Tips on How to Treat Canker Sores

Canker sores are irritating and often painful mouth sores. Usually they will heal without intervention, but complex canker sores can require treatment.

    ATLANTA, GA, February 05, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Canker sores are uncomfortable small, shallow ulcers that can be quite irritating. There are two types of canker sores -- simple and complex. While an exact cause for simple canker sores is unknown, dentists believe that acidic foods, braces, injury to the inside of the mouth or ill-fitting oral appliances can trigger a canker sore.

On the other hand, complex canker sores are usually caused by an underlying health condition; causes include nutritional problems, some vitamin deficiencies and gastrointestinal diseases. Most often canker sores appear three to four times a year between the ages of 10 to 20 years old. While painful these sores are rarely serious.

The Atlanta teeth whitening experts at Downtown Atlanta Dentistry point out that sometimes canker sores are confused with cold sores, which are in no way related. Cold sores are caused by a virus and are highly contagious, which is not true of canker sores. Also, cold sores are usually located around the mouth and canker sores develop inside the mouth -- on the cheek, tongue or palate. A canker sore is mostly round and white or gray colored with a red border around it. In some instances, these sores can become large and quite painful.

To avoid canker sores, dentists in Atlanta suggest balancing your intake of acidic foods, such as citrus and other acidic fruits and vegetables. It also helps to schedule regular visits to the dentist to make sure that your teeth are in good shape and that braces and other dental appliances fit properly. You can also try brushing teeth thoroughly with a soft brush. Using proper brushing techniques, as suggested by your dentist, will help avoid stress and injury. Be careful of overly vigorous teeth brushing as this can cause damage and encourage canker sores.

Canker sores usually heal without treatment in a week or two. In some cases a patient can develop a fever, their lymph nodes may swell and they may also feel sluggish. An Atlanta dentist may prescribe a corticosteroid cream or an antimicrobial rinse to encourage healing. There are also some over-the-counter treatments that can reduce pain and irritation.

"Most often canker sores go away on their own. However, if you notice that the sores are becoming large or spreading and they affect your daily life then call your dentist and set up an appointment. A knowledgeable dentist can suggest a treatment plan that will help solve the problem and alleviate your discomfort," suggests Ken Tralongo, CEO of Tralongo Management, the Atlanta cosmetic dentistry specialists.

While canker sores can be uncomfortable and painful, they are usually easily treated if they do not heal on their own. Maintaining good dental hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings can also prevent canker sores from developing in the first place.

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