C stands for a lot of things that make us smile, such as candy, cats, confetti, cupcakes, and the list goes on. However, when C stands for the canker sore that is irritating you, well … it’s not something to smile about. In fact, if this is an oral health topic that remains somewhat foreign to you, it might make you a little uneasy. Not to worry, these sores are usually no biggie. Consider a few associated C’s and you will see what we mean!

#1: C Is For Canker Sore, Not Cold Sore

These are not the same thing. If you’ve got an uncomfortable, ulcer-like sore in your mouth that is lighter (a white or yellow-ish color) in the center and is surrounded with an irritated looking, red halo, then you’ve got yourself a canker sore. If you’ve got a blister on your lip, then it may be a cold sore.

#2: C Is For: It’s Not Contagious

Good news! Cold sores are, of course, highly contagious. However, canker sores aren’t. So, even though your mouth might not feel fantastic, you don’t run the risk of passing your canker to anyone.

#3: C Is For Clean It, Leave It Alone

The best way to help that canker sore go bye-bye sooner than later? Keep the site clean and calm by primarily leaving it in peace. Touching it with your tongue or any other object whatsoever is going to keep it from getting better. Gently rinsing your mouth and also applying topical anesthetic formulated for oral sores will help you get to the finish line.

Heal Canker Sores With Our Help

Follow our suggestions for canker sores and then come in if you find that your efforts are not proving successful, so we may help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We also gladly serve patients in Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.