Painful white sores in the mouth are known as canker sores. Unfortunately, they can bring toddlers a great deal of pain and discomfort. Canker sores may make it difficult for your toddler to eat, drink, and talk.

Although the cause of canker sores remains a mystery, research has shown that stress, injury to the mouth, biting, and foods that are particularly rough or hot may lead to canker sores. Frequent sores may be the result of a vitamin deficiency or food allergy.

Minor canker sores can usually be treated with frequent hydration, over-the-counter pain relievers, special rinses, and cold foods such as ice pops. They should be completely gone in two weeks at the most. More serious canker, sores, however may be accompanied by a fever or swallowing challenges and last for longer than two weeks.

If your child is experiencing what you believe to be a serious canker sore, we encourage you to visit our office right away. We may be able to prescribe a mouth rinse or topical toothpaste to ease pain and expedite the healing process. In addition, we can determine if your child’s fever is a symptom of another condition and let you know whether you need to take them to the pediatrician.

Schedule an Appointment at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If your toddler has a fever in addition to a 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.