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If you’ve ever had a canker sore, you understand that they can be very painful. Still, do you ever wonder exactly what a canker sore is, or what you might be able to do about this issue? In reality, there aren’t any treatments for canker sores, but there are a few things you can do to make the experience more bearable.

You see, unlike cold sores, canker sores are simply a wound rather than a virus. Furthermore, canker sores usually appear inside your mouth—whether on the tongue, cheeks, or lips—but they aren’t contagious. Sadly, if you have a canker sore, you could experience pain when you eat or when you brush your sore.

Fortunately, even though there isn’t a treatment for canker sores, they’ll usually fade on their own—and there are a few things you can do to cope with these sores until they fade. For example, there are topical gels and over-the-counter medications that can alleviate your discomfort. Our team can also prescribe antibacterial mouthwash or a stronger topical medication.

Finally, please note that brushing and flossing well can help you avoid canker sores. Also, if you have a canker sore and a fever, joint pain, or feel sluggish, we recommend contacting your doctor as soon as possible. We also recommend contacting us right away if you have a canker sore that lasts for more than three weeks.

If you’re interested in learning more about dealing with a canker sore in Medford, Oregon, feel free to give Creekside Family Dental a call at 541-210-9661. Our dentist, Dr. Meredith McClay , will be happy to inspect your teeth and to offer you personalized advice. We look forward to meeting with you!