Ow! Your Guide to Canker Sores | Dr. Brian Vaughn


Experiencing a canker sore can disrupt daily activities like eating, drinking, and talking, causing discomfort and pain. While maintaining oral hygiene may pose challenges with a sore in your mouth, adhering to your regular routine is crucial for the healing process. Here’s a brief guide to understanding and managing canker sores, brought to you by Vaughn Family Dentistry and Dr. Brian Vaughn.

What Do Canker Sores Look Like?
Canker sores typically appear as small, round reddish lesions on the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the tongue, inner cheeks, or base of the gums. In some cases, a sore may develop a yellow or white center.

What Causes Canker Sores?
Various factors contribute to the development of canker sores, with injuries being a common trigger. Accidentally biting your lip or cheek, sports-related injuries, or vigorous brushing can lead to their formation. Some individuals may also have sensitivities to certain toothpaste ingredients, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, while specific foods like chocolate, eggs, nuts, and spicy foods may exacerbate the condition. Additionally, deficiencies in vitamin B-12 or zinc can play a role in canker sore occurrence.

How Can You Manage Canker Sores?
Maintaining optimal oral health is key to managing canker sores. Despite the discomfort, it’s essential to continue brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing regularly. Avoiding the affected area during oral hygiene routines may result in plaque and bacteria buildup, hindering the healing process. Consider using a mouthwash formulated for mouth sores to alleviate discomfort. If pain persists or if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Vaughn Family Dentistry for guidance.

While most canker sores heal within a week, recurring or persistent sores warrant a visit to our office. Dr. Brian Vaughn and our dedicated team will evaluate your oral health, offering expert advice and tailored treatment options to address your concerns.

Schedule Your Visit Today!
For more information on oral health or to schedule your next appointment with Vaughn Family Dentistry, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re committed to providing comprehensive dental care and look forward to assisting you on your journey to optimal oral wellness.

Vaughn Family Dentistry of Trumbull
Phone: (203) 261-2511
Url: https://dentistintrumbull.com/
2 Corporate Dr.
Trumbull, CT 06611