As parents, it is difficult to watch our children feel miserable when they have a childhood illness. Oftentimes, all you can do is try to minimize their discomfort and get them to eat a little bit and drink enough to keep from getting dehydrated. So, what happens when an illness like hand, foot, and mouth disease or chickenpox causes sores or blisters in their mouth? Foods they normally would eat when sick may cause pain and just the thought of brushing their teeth is awful.
If you have ever had a canker sore, you know how painful they can be. In fact, canker sores can be so excruciating that part of their medical name, oral aphthous ulcers, comes from the Greek word “aphthi” which means “to set on fire” or “to inflame” (1). Unfortunately, one in five people deals with these painful mouth ulcers. Although more common than dental caries (cavities) or periodontal disease, canker sores are still somewhat of a mystery. They have been observed in othe