The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry has discovered that around 1 out of every 5 children suffer from canker sores. These sores can be painful and irritating, appearing as small, red sores on the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, the gum tissue, or the lips. Canker sores aren’t contagious, but they have been shown to run in families.
Causes of Canker Sores
Below are a few of the common causes of canker sores:
Deficiency of iron, folic acid, or vitamin B12
Brushing too roughly
Frequently biting on the inside of the cheeks or lips
Stress or emotional disturbances
An injury to the mouth, especially if the skin is broken
Sensitivity or allergy to toothpaste
Easing the Pain and Discomfort of Cold Sores
Below are a few ways to help avoid or eliminate cold sores for your child:
Make sure your child eats plenty of yogurt or chews acidophilus tablets
Don’t use mouthwash or toothpaste containing SLS
Supply your child with a soft-bristled brush and make sure he or she brushes gently
Avoid serving food that is overly spicy, salty, or acidic
Use lidocaine, Camphor, and Orajel to help ease the discomfort of canker sores
Help your child avoid foods that they have allergies or sensitivities to
If your child suffers from frequent, painful cold sores, make sure to schedule an appointment for them at their pediatric dental office.
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