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Winter is coming, and that means that mouth sore season is coming too. But were you aware that there are many varieties of mouth sores? One kind of mouth sore is called the canker sore, and we’ve written a summary here for your learning benefit.

Canker sores are tiny sores that develop inside of the mouth, normally on the cheeks or under the tongue, but also on the lips, gums, and roof of the mouth. Generally triggered by insufficient amounts of sleep, biting your cheek or high amounts of stress, canker sores regularly appear as whitish yellow lesions with a slightly red border. (Numerous patients confuse these sores with cold sores; if the sore is inside your mouth, it’s most likely a canker sore, and if it’s outside of your oral cavity, it’s probably a cold sore.)

While canker sores are not transmittable, they’re not exactly enjoyable, and you’ll likely want to get rid of them as fast as possible because they can be achy. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for canker sores and they have to go away on their own, so you’ll need to trust in your body to work its recovery magic. While you wait, avoid spicy foods, sharp or extra-crunchy foods, and acidic foods. You can also try pain relievers if the pain is too agonizing.

If you have many canker sores that aren’t recovering, it would be a good idea to phone our Wittenberg, Wisconsin, office at 715-253-3200 to set up your next appointment. Dr. John Felkner and the staff at Szmanda Dental Wittenberg will be able to examine your oral cavity and see if anything grave is going on.