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Do you ever feel the dreaded bump on the inside of your cheek? Do you feel the dull, constant aching that so often accompanies canker sores? Do you know what you can do to prevent or even to alleviate the discomfort caused by canker sore? Fortunately, canker sores don’t require visiting your dentist—although if the sore seems to linger too long or is incredible painful, we recommend visiting a dentist as soon as possible.

However, there are things you can do from home. For instance, did you know that a root canal can be caused by the following triggers?

  • An injury to your mouth. This can come from dental work, brushing too hard, or even accidentally biting your cheek
  • Toothpastes and mouthwashes containing sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Some foods you may be sensitive to, such as coffee, strawberries, eggs, cheese, or chocolate
  • A diet that is missing important vitamins or minerals. Your dentist may recommend nutritional supplements that can decrease your pain and help you prevent future sores.
  • Allergies to specific bacteria in your mouth
  • Excessive emotional stress
  • Certain health conditions

Sadly, even if you do these things, a canker sore could still appear. Luckily, there are many things you can do to alleviate your discomfort. For example, if your canker sore is extremely painful—painful enough that you need to visit your dentist—you may be given a prescription for a mouthwash with a steroid that can reduce pain and inflammation. There are also over-the-counter medications that you can apply to your sores. Over-the-counter painkillers can also be useful.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.