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Kids & Canker Sores

An image of a canker sore

The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry estimates that one in five children suffer from canker sores, which can cause pain and irritation. Canker sores are small sores that appear on the lips, gums, tongue, under the tongue or the insides of your child’s cheeks. Canker sores are not contagious, but they do run in families.

What causes childhood canker sores?

  • Sensitivity to toothpaste
  • Brushing teeth too vigorously
  • Suffering from food allergies
  • Emotional stress or disturbances
  • Deficiencies of folic acid, vitamin B12, and iron
  • Injury to mouth, especially if your child’s skin is broken
  • Frequently biting or chewing on the lips or cheeks

How you can help avoid or alleviate your child’s cold sores

  • Serve your child lots of yogurt or acidophilus tablets
  • Avoid serving your child food that is too salty, spicy, or acidic
  • Help your child avoid foods they may be sensitive or allergic to
  • Do not purchase mouthwashes or toothpaste that contain SLS
  • Make sure your child brushes gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Have your child gargle one teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of lukewarm water to alleviate canker sore symptoms
  • Lidocaine, Camphor, Benzocaine, and Orajel are over-the-counter medications that can ease the symptoms of canker sores  

If your child suffers from frequent or painful cold sores, please call Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry. Our Greensboro, North Carolina child’s dental office is here to help!

Posted on Jul 27, 2020

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