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Canker sores can be very painful, and you may be wondering what you can do about this issue. Unfortunately, there aren’t any true canker sore treatments; however, there are a few things you can do to reduce pain and promote healing.

Unlike cold sores, canker sores are a wound instead of a virus, and they usually appear inside your mouth, especially on the tongue, cheeks, or lips. Also unlike cold sores, they aren’t contagious. If you have a canker sore, you may feel pain when you eat or when something comes into contact with your sore.

While there isn’t a treatment for canker sores, they eventually fade on their own but there are a few things that can reduce the pain caused by these sores until they fade. For example, you can purchase a topical gel or over-the-counter medication to alleviate discomfort. Our dentist at Plainsboro Dental Services can also prescribe a stronger topical medication or antibacterial mouthwash.

Dental habits such as brushing and flossing help to prevent canker sores. If your canker sore is accompanied by a fever, joint pain, or a sluggish feeling, you should contact your doctor as soon as you can. Likewise, contact Plainsboro Dental Services right away if your canker sore lasts longer than three weeks.

If you’re interested in receiving more information about treating a canker sore in Plainsboro, New Jersey, contact our office at 609-716-7100. Our dentist, Dr. Priti Dagli, will gladly inspect your mouth and offer personalized advice.