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While canker sores are rarely a serious issue, they nevertheless result in significant discomfort and can be very irritating. These ulcers are small and shallow, occurring in the soft tissues of the gums and inner lips, and may appear unexpectedly and linger for days. We invite you to take steps to stop canker sores from developing by avoiding five common triggers.

Avoiding these common canker sore triggers can spare you discomfort:

– Stress, which reduces the function of the immune system and puts you at risk of canker sores
– Tissue injury such as cuts or scrapes in the mouth from biting your cheek
– Acidic foods such as lemons, pineapples, tomatoes, strawberries, and sour candies whose acid concentration can cause canker sores
– Dental appliances such as ill-fitted dentures and braces that cause canker sores due to friction and irritation
– Sickness and infection in the body that can heighten the risk of canker sores

Knowing potential causes of canker sores helps you to avoid the triggers. By limiting problematic foods in your diet, adjusting irritating braces or covering them with dental wax and reducing stress with relaxation techniques, you can spare yourself oral discomfort. If canker sores continue to appear frequently, try brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and sodium lauryl sulfate-free toothpaste, and rinsing salt water in your mouth.

You are welcome to contact New Hampshire Family Dentistry at (603) 625-1877 today to discuss treatments for canker sores in Manchester, New Hampshire, with our dentist, Dr. Praveen Mandera.