THE EXACT CAUSE of canker sores is unknown. What we do know is that canker sores can be extremely bothersome—especially for your little one! By better understanding some of the possible causes—and some treatment options—we hope to reduce the irritation canker sores may cause your child.
Possible Canker Sore Causes
These non-contagious lesions that appear on your child’s gums, lips, cheeks, and the roof of his/her mouth may be caused by:
- irritation (from harsh brushing, braces, biting the inside of the mouth, etc.)
- high stress levels (even kids get stressed)
- bacterial infections
- improper nutrition and/or vitamin deficiencies
- immune system issues
- food allergies
Tips For Reducing Canker Sore Pain And Duration
There’s no cure-all solution for canker sores. But, there are a few things you can do to reduce their painful impact and possibly reduce your child’s susceptibility.
- A baking soda or salt water rinse can soothe pain.
- A daily dose of Vitamin B12 can reduce sore frequency and duration.
- Certain over-the-counter products can help with pain and healing.
- Help your child de-stress! Active play and exercise may help!
- Watch what your child eats… Notice if certain foods trigger canker sores.
- Regularly using an antiseptic rinse may help with prevention.
- Avoid hot or spicy foods that may further irritate sores.
- Check your child’s toothpaste. Some research shows that SLS (an ingredient found in many toothpastes) may aggravate canker sores.
An Important Note
Canker sores usually heal themselves in a week or two. If your child has one that doesn’t, please call us to set up an appointment! Lingering sores may be an early sign of a more serious condition. Your child’s health and comfort is our number one priority!