CANKER SORES ARE NO FUN, especially when it’s time to brush your teeth. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways in which the pain from these bothersome blisters can be relieved. However, before we get into the best ways to treat canker sores, let’s talk a bit about the causes.
Though the exact cause is unknown, one theory suggests that canker sores can result from certain mouth washes and toothpastes that dry out the mouth. Try to avoid toothpastes with the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate if you are prone to getting canker sores. Others theories suggest that stress, genetics, mouth trauma, and immune system reactions are responsible for this unwanted pain.
If you happen to be suffering from a canker sore, don’t despair—like we said, they are easily treated, so stop enduring the pain!
Here are a few at-home treatments you can try:
- Rinse your mouth several times a day with a mixture of warm water, salt and baking soda.
- If you’re up for a little extra pain, dab the sore directly with some salt or baking soda and leave it on for a few minutes. This will desensitize the pain as well as speed up the healing process.
- Licorice Root. This plant has actually been getting rave reviews for healing canker sores!
- Yogurts with live cultures. This delicious food is useful for more than just breakfast—simply hold it in your mouth for a few seconds, and swallow!
- Stress Relief. Don’t overwork yourself—your body will suffer.
- There are also many remedies that can be purchased at local drug stores and pharmacies to help treat the pain! Talk to Dr. Theurer if you need a prescription!
How Can I Best Prevent Canker Sores In The Future?
- Avoid foods that irritate your mouth, specifically those that are spicy or contain a high acidic content
- Avoid excessive gum chewing—this can cause unwanted irritation!
- Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush after each meal, and floss daily to keep your mouth free of foods that might trigger a canker sore.
When Should I Visit My Dentist About A Canker Sore?
Luckily, canker sores rarely last over 10-14 days, and the pain goes away even faster. However, please come see us if you have any of the following symptoms…
- Unusually large sores
- Sores that seem to be spreading
- Sores that last longer than 3 weeks
- Intolerable pain despite pain resultant from trigger foods and over-the-counter medication
- Difficulty drinking enough daily fluids
- A high fever that accompanies your canker sores
We hope you have learned everything you need to know about canker sores. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ASK US! Your health and comfort are our #1 priorities.