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
At Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry, we know that each child is different and may require unique care. We’re proud to be able to work with a variety of different kids in ways that work best for them and make them feel comfortable. Many of our patients are excited to visit their friends here at the office for their regular dental cleanings and checkups! Read More...
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