Chances are, you’ve experienced a mouth sore at some point in your life, whether it was a cold sore, tongue inflammation, or canker sore. Some mouth sores are genetic while others are the result of diet or injury. If you just got braces on or you’re planning on getting braces on in the near future, you may be worried that your mouth sores will complicate things. Since mouth sores can appear in any part of the mouth, your brackets or wires may be poking them or they simply might make it more difficult to eat. Keep reading to learn how you can relieve pain and heal mouth sores.

Canker Sores

Canker sores develop on the lips, soft tissue of the mouth, or on the gums. Although canker sores are usually pretty small, they can cause quite a lot of pain if they’re in a bad spot. According to Mayo Clinic, canker sores can fall into one of three categories: minor, major, and herpetiform. Minor canker sores are pretty small and will heal within a couple days to a couple weeks without too much pain. Major canker sores are larger and could last as long as six weeks. Herpetiformis are small clusters and typically occur much later in life.

It’s not known exactly what causes canker sores to develop in some people and not others, however, it’s clear that there are certain things that will trigger them including minor mouth injuries, acidic foods, stress, and toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulfate.

If you’re experiencing a painful canker sore, you may want to ask your dentist about possible treatment options. Certain over-the-counter pastes will help increase the healing process while reducing pain. If you have multiple sores throughout your mouth, you might consider using a mouth rinse. You can also try cauterizing a canker sore with silver nitrate which won’t speed up the healing process but it will relieve the pain.

Cold Sores

Cold sores differ from canker sores in that they are located on the outside of the mouth. Cold sores, also called fever blisters, usually appear on the lips but can appear anywhere on the body. This type of sore tends to not last as long as canker sores, usually around a week as opposed to several weeks for a canker sore.

Since around 90 percent of people get cold sores at some point in their lives and they can be quite painful, it’s nice to know of some ways to cure them. Some ways to get rid of cold sores include eating immune system-boosting foods like yogurt, taking L-lysine, applying aloe gel to the affected area, or icing it. Unlike canker sores, cold sores are highly contagious, so it’s important that nobody else is in contact with that part of your body.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

These are just a few of the mouth sores you may experience throughout your life. Although minor mouth sores may seem irrelevant when you don’t have braces, once you have them on, you may find that they irritate the sensitive area leading to difficulty eating or speaking. In some cases, braces can even cause mouth sores to develop. At Camilo Riano Orthodontics, we’ll take care to make sure your experience with braces is a good one. Contact us today to learn more.