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what do you do for a canker sore

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Russell Chin
45 years experience Dentistry
Palliative treatment: Yes they can get very big. You can apply topical ointment to area as a protective barrier. Aloe based work best for length of time before wearing off ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
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57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Less than a week: They may disappear from 3 to 7 days in most cases.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
7 to 10 days: Canker sores usually heal within 7 to 10 days. Spicy and acidic foods and drinks can increase your pain so be careful with your diet.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
9 years experience Dentistry
Doubt it: If it is a true herpetic lesion, it is viral and will need to run it's course. Topical anesthetic may help short term
Dr. Thomas Yash
46 years experience Dentistry
Yes: It will not harm you. It could help to control the pain from the sore due to it has an anesthetic in it. The sores will heal over time.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
51 years experience Dentistry
Canker sore: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) run their course in 7-10 days. Applying a mouthwash can't hurt, but may not be of much help. Until it is no longer pai ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Alder
47 years experience Dentistry
Consider this: There are several over the counter medications developed to control canker sores. For those who prefer not to medicate you may try hene laser. The spo ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. R Lee Hinson
38 years experience Dentistry
A miserable issue: For sure. Try this instead: discontinue toothpaste that has sodium lauryl sulfate, limit acidic foods and try to avoid trauma of oral tissues w toothb ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
48 years experience Pediatrics
Sometimes: It can be dangerous in young children, especially infants, and in some older children and adults with a rare genetic defect. A recent warning on using ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Richards
18 years experience Endodontics
Yes, but...: Not all cankers are viral, so an antiviral may not make any difference. Also, by the time a sore is noticed, it is often time past the window of effe ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Ritota
9 years experience Dentistry
10-14 days: That's the usual course of eruptions.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
51 years experience Dentistry
Tongue ulcer: Orabase will not heal an ulcer. It is an oral bandage that can be applied to the ulcer before meals to keep it from being irritated. The ulcer will he ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Canker sore Tx: The pharmacies are filled with medications to treat canker sores. It varies from pharmacy to pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist (or dentist) which ones he\ ... Read More
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