Canker sores are painful white sores in the mouth that can be very painful for your toddler. If your child has a canker sore on their gums, there are a number of things you can do to ease the pain and expedite the healing process.

Encourage your toddler to drink more fluids such as water, juice, and milk as keeping the mouth hydrated can help their canker sore heal. You should also make sure they are using a soft bristled toothbrush and brushing their teeth every day. Since your child is so young, it is your responsibility as a parent to make sure this is being done.

If you notice your toddler’s canker sore is causing moderate to extreme pain, consider giving them an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen. Ice pops and ice cream may also make them feel better because they can create a cooling sensation in the mouth.

In addition, there are special mouth rinses that are specifically designed to assist with canker sore pain. These mouth rinses can be found at a local drugstore. If your child’s canker sore persists for more than two weeks, take them to the pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist may be able to pinpoint the root cause of the issue and prescribe a viable treatment plan.

Schedule an Appointment at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

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