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Are canker sores permanent?

Are canker sores permanent?

No, canker sores: Are not permanent. If you have a seemingly permanent lesion than it needs to be checked by your dentist. It may not be a canker sore. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Canker Sores (Definition)

Almost everyone is infected with this herpes virus. The first episode is usualy in early childhood. It is dramaticaly different from all the later events. The virus is always present. When your immune system is weakened (stress, disease, almost anything) the viri end up stronger than your immune system. They do their job, and ...Read more


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What is best for canker sores?

What is best for canker sores?

Best: TIME: Though i routinely prescribe nsaids to control pain from canker sores during the 3-5 days that they are uncomfortable. In rare cases, called "major aphthae" i will prescribe a short course of oral corticosteroid--especially if the lesion/s interfere with swallowing or speech. If on other areas, can be cauterized with a laser or chemicals. If Ibuprofen doesn't cut it, call your dentist for help. ...Read more

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Treating Canker Sores (Tip)

Treating Canker Sores

A non sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) toothpaste may help reduce their reoccurrence. ...See more

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Treating Canker Sores (Checklist)

Check to see if your recurrent canker sores are tied to stomach reflux
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Consider trying an "SLS-free" toothpaste. You could have an allergy.
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If a sore doesn't heal within 2 weeks, have it checked by your doctor
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Try to sleep well and manage stress as they can cause flares
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What's causing my canker sores?

What's causing my canker sores?

Canker sores: Canker sores are the most common recurrent oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting and no treatment is required. If concerned, see your dentist after 10 days. ...Read more

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How to know it is canker sores?

How to know it is canker sores?

Canker sore: A canker sore is usually a bright red lesion in the mouth with an interior that may be yellow or white. They tend to be painful. Your dentist can diagnose if you have a canker sore. ...Read more

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Treating Canker Sores (Tip)

Treating Canker Sores

Common problem. Maalox may help coat/soothe. Avoid citric acid and spicy food. Resolves with time. ...See more

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Treating Cold Sores (Checklist)

See a dentist for a prescription as soon as it "tingles"
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Ask dentist about using a diode laser to help cold sore heal faster
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Don't touch it, kiss someone, or share eating utensils
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What makes canker sores better?

What makes canker sores better?

Prevent canker sores: The specific cause of canker sores(or apthous ulcers) is till unknown. Usually they occur when the immune system is weakened. So the best way to heal them is to avoid getting them. Supplement with vitamin c(500 mg four times daily) and vitamin e (400 iu twice a day) and a multivitamin with magnesium and zinc(taken in the afternoon or evening for best absorption). Avoid stress. Eat breakfast. ...Read more

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What works best for canker sores?

What works best for canker sores?

Canker sores: are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. Complications of canker sores can include fever, swollen glands, and feeling run-down. If concerned, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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