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Canker sores are inevitable. You bit the side of your mouth, cut your gum on a sharp piece of food or simply woke up to an irritated portion of mouth tissue, and now you have to deal with the discomfort and inconvenience. Or do you? There are steps you can take to minimize the pain and duration.

First, explore your medicine options. Your local Walgreens should have plenty of over-the-counter products to speed up the healing process. If those products are ineffective, consult Dr. Brett Riche about the possibility of a prescription medication.

Second, avoid the sore area as much as possible. If applicable, chew on the other side of your mouth for a while. Avoid foods that are spicy, acidic, sharp or especially cold or hot. Cut your food into small pieces and chew carefully. Use a straw when drinking liquid to avoid irritating your canker sore.

Third, keep your mouth clean. It’s important to maintain thorough brushing and flossing habits, despite the pain, to keep bacteria out of the open sore. If your usual dental routine is too painful, ask Dr. Brett Riche about alternative cleaning agents.

For more information about treatment options, call The Dental Studio on 30th at 505.592.0477 or come visit us in Farmington, New Mexico. Remember: the sooner you treat a canker sore, the quicker it will heal and you can put the experience behind you.