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Canker Sores 101 Marietta, GA

Canker Sores 101

If you have ever had a canker sore, you know the pain and frustration it can cause. Although they are non-contagious lesions, they can be embarrassing if they appear on your lips. Canker sores that are on the inside of your cheeks, gums or roof of your mouth are extremely uncomfortable to endure, especially while eating or drinking. Here are a few ways to cope with your canker sores:

  • Apply a baking soda and water paste to your sore and rinse it with salt water.
  • Start taking a Vitamin B12 supplement daily; this can reduce the frequency and duration of canker sores.
  • Use topical products such as Orajel for immediate relief.
  • Avoid spicy foods and toothpastes with an SLS ingredient, these can both irritate or inflame an existing canker sore.

Once you have found relief and overcome your canker sore, it is important that you are aware of some common causes so that you can potentially prevent future canker sore discomfort. Canker sores can simply be caused by irritation inside your mouth such as braces, hard tooth brushing or even biting the inside of your mouth. However, high stress levels, imbalanced nutrition, bacterial infections and food allergies can also cause a canker sore to form. It is important to let your dentist or physician know if you experience painful canker sores frequently.

Perhaps the most important rule you should know about canker sores is that if your sore does not heal in approximately one week, you need to contact your dentist right away. A mouth sore that refuses to heal and lingers for longer than about 10 days could be a sign of a more serious health condition.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

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Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

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Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

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The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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