These sores are small ulcers that can pop up in your mouth and on the inside of your lips and take days to heal. While they are not serious, they can be pesky and annoying. If you can find out what causes them, they can be easier to prevent! Keep reading for some advice from Dr. Laurie McNamara McClatchey and Dr. James A. McNamara at McNamara Orthodontics about what causes canker sores.
Well, the unfortunate news is that braces can contribute to them. This mainly happens in patients that are already prone to canker sores. They may experience an increase in sores because your mouth is adjusting to a big change when beginning orthodontic treatment. Braces can irritate oral tissue, which leaves it vulnerable to little lesions such as these sores.
Luckily, avoiding possible triggers and practicing good oral hygiene can help you to avoid or lessen the instances of canker sores.
Some Common Triggers to Avoid
Stress – Stress is known to weaken your immune system, which makes it easier for canker sores to form. Make sure you’re keeping your stress at a healthy level in order to avoid them!
Tissue Injury – Cuts or scrapes inside of your mouth make you more vulnerable to canker sores.
Foods – Avoid foods that are high in acidity such as lemons, pineapples, and tomatoes, as they can trigger them.
Sickness – You have a higher chance of getting a canker sore when infection is present in your body.
Knowing what triggers canker sores for you makes them easier to avoid. If your braces are irritating your mouth, don’t hesitate to have the spots checked out and/or ask for more dental wax.
You can also modify your oral care routine to help eliminate instances of them.
Rinse your mouth each day with salt water
Using a soft-bristled toothbrush will help to avoid irritating oral tissue
Also, try using a toothpaste that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate
Talk to Your Orthodontist
If you are still having issues with canker sores, it may be time to consult your orthodontist. They may be able to offer additional care to help provide you with relief. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions about these sores or your oral health.