Anyone who has ever had a canker sore knows how painful they can be. Canker sores can make eating a challenge and if located in the wrong place may be nearly impossible to tolerate.
No parent wants their child to suffer from a canker sore because it is a phenomenon that is hard to understand. A canker core doesn’t act like an illness or an injury; all of a sudden it causes pain.
What can a parent do to prevent canker sores from plaguing their children? Sadly, since the exact cause is unknown, there is no one preventative technique a parent may employ, however, a multi-pronged regimen may minimize the chance of their child falling victim to canker sores.
I know with our three boys we had plenty of problems with canker sores and canker sores are supposed to cause problems for girls more than boys.
My first exposure to canker sores was in my own mouth. The canker sore began as an irritant which felt simply like an annoyance. The canker sore soon began to become painful to the point that I looked in my mouth and found a small red pimple with a “white top.” On the skin it would be called a “whitehead.” Canker sores are ugly.
The gum around the canker sore was inflamed and swollen. I found a medication that I could put on the canker sore but it took several days to go away.
The mouth is the initial part of the digestive system. While there are no sure preventions you as a parent can take for your children, there are some steps that may minimize the chances of your children having to battle a canker sore.
Don’t let your child use toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is an irritant. It is not a good idea to chew gum; it is not good to eat candy and, it is not a good idea to eat spicy or crunchy food. Have your child brush their teeth with a soft toothbrush after every meal.
In my family it is a sad but true fact that we have a construct in our saliva which innately works against tooth enamel and also contains an irritant to the surface of the gum. This increases the possibility of a canker sore.
Perhaps one of the most important things a parent can do for their children to prevent canker sores is to minimize stress in their lives. Stress causes the release of irritants and in fact can change body chemistry.
One of the things parents fail to do is check the side effects of medicines. My wife was on a medicine that caused multiple canker sores. When we finally read about the drug the doctor was able to modify the dosage.
So, knowing that there is no known prevention for canker sores we return to the initial question: “What can a parent do to prevent their child from getting canker sores?”
It is obviously not one thing. It is creating a healthy mental and physical environment.
Minimize stress in a child’s life. Make sure that you have had your child checked out by a doctor and a dentist to rule out any underlying predispositions to canker sores. Check family history.
Parents can watch what they allow to go into a child’s mouth such as the enzymes from toothpaste and the correct toothbrush.
Finally, gum, candy and spicy foods are harmful. It would seem anything that irritates the surface of the gum could cause a canker sore.
These options should help.
In the event that a canker sore lasts for more than two weeks or continues to reoccur, call a doctor.