Canker sores can be very uncomfortable, especially for young children. They are white sores in the mouth that often begin with a tingling sensation. This sensations is usually followed by a red bump that transitions into a white sore. If your child has a canker sore, they may have a difficult time eating, drinking, and talking.

In most cases, canker sores occur after an injury. If your child bites their tongue or the inside of their cheek frequently, they may experience canker sores quite a bit. Canker sores usually improve within 7 to 10 days and heal completely in 1 to 3 weeks.

If you notice that your child has a canker sore that is particularly large or deep and it doesn’t improve after two weeks, it’s a good idea to take them to the doctor. The doctor may be able to prescribe a special medicine to aid with healing.

To help your child feel more comfortable with a canker sore, put ice on their sore every few hours. You can also give them an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol or Advil and make sure they are using a soft-bristle toothbrush to brush gently.

Also, discourage your child from eating salty, spicy,or acidic foods as they can irritate the canker sores and prolong the healing process.

Schedule an Appointment at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If you’re concerned about your child’s canker sore, we encourage you to call our office at 703-542-7000 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and compassionate pediatric dentists.