Your Riverside dentist knows that canker sores can be a complicated matter for many patients. If you’re used to them showing up and feel like a pro, then they may be the type of occurrence that you can easily handle. However, when this is new to you (or when you notice a particularly severe sore shows up), you may not feel so confident. Take your dentist’s top tips seriously if a canker arrives in your mouth and you’ll feel ready to tackle it with ease!

#1: Leave It Alone!

Your Riverside dentist’s number one suggestion for your canker sore no matter the situation is leave it alone. Don’t reach your toothbrush back there to poke it. Don’t squeeze the area around it. Don’t let your tongue wander over it. Don’t try to clean it. Just leave it there. The less you mess with the tissue, the easier it is for it to heal (or at the very least, not to become worse).

#2: Keep An Eye On It

Check in on that canker sore every day, suggests your Riverside dentist. Is it getting smaller? Is it feeling less painful? If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then you’re on the road to recovery and probably don’t need to do a thing but keep your mouth clean. If the answer is “no” then you might need some help.

#3: Either Numb It Or Call Us (Or Both)

If you find that your canker sore is particularly painful or severe, consider your Riverside dentist’s suggestions:

  • You may apply a topical numbing agent if necessary. Be gentle!
  • If the sore is immediately severe, you may call us right away.
  • If the problem becomes worse or simply doesn’t get better, schedule a visit.

Address Sores By Coming In For Necessary Care

When you have a canker sore that just won’t go away, treat it by leaving it alone and instead, allowing us to help you during a visit! Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.