If your child has developed canker sores, you've likely searched tirelessly for a way to treat them. While most canker sores will go away on their own, there are several things that you can do to speed up the healing process or to avoid the sores altogether.
Understanding Canker Sores
Canker sores are small, painful sores that can develop on the inside of the cheeks and possibly the tongue. They typically appear to be yellow, gray, or white in color and feature a red rim. Canker sores can last up to two weeks, and while they are most common in women and teens, they can develop in children as young as two years old.
Treating Your Child's Canker Sores
Canker sores are generally harmless and will heal by themselves, but the pain can be extremely upsetting, especially for young children. In some cases, your child may become so uncomfortable that he could refuse to drink, resulting in dehydration. If your child is experiencing a canker sore, talk to your doctor about using pain relievers like Children's Tylenol. You should also help him to avoid foods and beverages that could irritate the canker sore, including foods that are salty, spicy, or acidic, especially tomato sauce and orange juice.
Preventing Canker Sores
It is difficult to prevent canker sores since the exact cause isn't known. However, if you notice that your child is getting frequent canker sores in the same spot within the mouth, a problem with the tooth could be the cause, and you should consult with a dentist.
Certain dental hygiene habits can also prevent canker sores. Make sure that he is using a toothbrush with soft bristles and not something hard that could irritate the inside of his mouth. Avoid toothpaste that contains sodium lauryl sulfate, as this component is known to promote mouth sores.
Please contact us if you have any questions about canker sores.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS