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Handling Your Child’s Canker Sores

The American Association of Pediatric Density has found that roughly one in five children suffer from canker sores, which can be painful and irritating. Canker sores are small, red sores that can appear on the tongue, under the tongue, inside the cheeks, on the gums, or on the lips. Canker sores are not contagious, but they do have a tendency to run in families.

Why can cause canker sores?

  • Deficiencies of vitamin B12, iron, and folic acid
  • Frequently biting or chewing on their lips or cheeks
  • Suffering from food allergies
  • Brushing teeth too hard
  • Any injury to mouth, especially if the skin is broken
  • A sensitivity to toothpaste
  • Emotional disturbances and stress

How can I help avoid or alleviate my child’s cold sores?

  • Make sure your child brushes gently and with a soft-bristled brush
  • Eat lots of yogurt or chew acidophilus tablets
  • Help your child avoid foods they may be sensitive or allergic to
  • Do not use mouthwashes or toothpastes that contain SLS
  • Avoid serving your child food that is overly salty, acidic or spicy
  • Put one teaspoon of baking soda in an eight-ounce glass of lukewarm water. Have your child gargle and swish the mixture around his or her mouth several times a day.
  • Orajel, lidocaine, Camphor, and Benzocaine are all over-the-counter medications that can help

If your child suffers from frequent, painful cold sores, please make an appointment at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics located in Firestone, CO.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015

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