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A canker sore may seem innocuous enough. After all, it’s only a small wound brought on by a bite or a sharp piece of food. However, a canker sore is an open wound, which means it’s vulnerable to bacteria and infection.

Bacteria usually enters a canker sore when the victim of the canker sore prods the affected area with his or her fingers. Bacteria can also be spread by unsanitary dental products, such as toothbrushes and community toothpaste.

An infected canker sore can become a major health concern if your body’s immune system is already weakened by a previously existing medical condition or illness. If your body can’t fight back, the infection will spread to other areas. That is not to say that all canker sores will become infected. If you develop a canker sore, you needn’t visit Dr. Ben Vela or Dr. Henry Arendono unless:

– the canker sore is unusually large,
– the canker sore persists longer than two weeks or is frequently reoccurring,
– you experience pain that self-help measures can’t treat or
– you have a high fever along with the canker sore.

If you are currently experiencing a worrisome canker sore, or you have questions about canker sore prevention and treatment, call Vela Dental Centers Crosstown at 361.884.2266 and set up a time to come see us in Corpus Christi, Texas. When it comes to canker sores, it’s always best to be proactive and treat the sore before it becomes an issue.