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Canker sores are painful and inconvenient, especially because they make it difficult to eat and talk throughout the day. These sores are ulcers that tend to grow inside your mouth, like on your tongue or on the insides of your cheeks or lips. You can prevent canker sores by avoiding foods that harm your mouth (like citrus and acidic foods), avoiding irritation from chewing gum, and keeping up on oral hygiene.

What are the causes?
Even though the main cause of the sore has not been discovered, there are many situations when the ulcer can appear. We have found that it is most common to occur when you:

· Are tired or stressed
· Are on your menstrual cycle, if you are a woman
· Have injured your mouth, like when you bite your lip
· Are aligning your smile with braces
· Have food allergies
· Eat or drink a product that has a lot of acid
· Do not get enough vitamins or minerals in your diet

What are the treatments?
The treatment for canker sores can be pretty simple. You can help the situation with antimicrobial mouth rinse, corticosteroid ointment, or over-the-counter gel or pain medication to dull the irritations. To help keep the pain away, please avoid consuming spicy foods, foods with sharp edges, or acidic foods and beverages.

If your sore is unusually large, if it is starting to spread, or if it lasts longer than two or three weeks, we recommend calling Apple Family Dental at 360-423-5580 and scheduling an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Julia Gourley. The sooner you see your dentist, the quicker the healing process will begin. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about canker sores in Longview, Washington, please remember that you can always call our office. We are more than happy to help you!