Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor or dentist can diagnose a canker sore based on its appearance. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

Information to gather

Before your appointment make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including when they first started and how they may have changed or worsened over time
  • All your medications, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins or other supplements, and their doses
  • Any other medical conditions, to see if any relate to your symptoms
  • Key personal information, including any recent changes or emotional stressors in your life
  • Questions to ask your doctor or dentist to make your visit more efficient

Here are some basic questions to ask:

  • Do I have a canker sore?
  • If so, what factors may have contributed to its development? If not, what else could it be?
  • Do I need any tests?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend, if any?
  • What self-care steps can I take to ease my symptoms?
  • Is there anything I can do to speed up healing?
  • How soon do you expect my symptoms will improve?
  • Is there anything I can do to help prevent a recurrence?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor or dentist

Be ready to answer questions from your doctor or dentist, such as:

  • What are your symptoms?
  • When did you first notice these symptoms?
  • How severe is your pain?
  • Have you had similar sores in the past? If so, have you noticed if anything in particular seemed to trigger them?
  • Have you been treated for similar sores in the past? If so, what treatment was most effective?
  • Have you had any recent dental work?
  • Have you recently experienced significant stress or major life changes?
  • What is your typical daily diet?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
  • What medications are you taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbs and other supplements?
  • Do you have a family history of canker sores?
March 19, 2015

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