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Remedies for Canker Sores

We’ve all been there – canker sores are a nuisance no one wants to deal with. They make moving your mouth in general seemingly impossible. Not only that, but they come up at the most inconvenient times. 

A canker sore is an abrasion that can form at the gum lines, soft tissue, or lips in an oral cavity. 

More often than not, what people don’t realize is that there are many different alternatives to relieve your mouth from that sour stinging sensation. Don’t fall victim to just waiting through the pain of a canker sore and tackle it head on!

Here are some remedies to help prevent and heal canker sores: 

1. Basic salt water rinse – Per readersdigest.com, “sodium chloride draws water from surrounding tissues by osmosis which helps heal abrasions more quickly.” So, keep it simple, let the salt dissolve in warm water and rinse thoroughly. 

2. Baking soda –  is an alkaline, it helps neutralize acids which kill bacteria and helps the sore heal more quickly. Place baking soda on the affected area and leave it on for about a minute, rinse afterward. 

3. Hydrogen Peroxide. 

Try making your own mouth rinse involving the following ingredients: 

  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Rinse 2-3 times per day to flush out any bacteria that could be trapped inside the abrasion.

4. L-lysine – If taken 3 times a day you should notice that your canker sores happen less frequently. Keep in mind that this is a preventative measure. If canker sores consistently reoccur for you, it is in your best interest to incorporate L-lysine into your daily regimen to see a noticeable difference. Taking L-lysine after you’ve noticed a canker sore has occurred will not immediately relieve pain or reduce the canker sore quickly. 

5. Topical paste – provides a numbing sensation that provides temporary relief. Can be purchased over the counter or through a dentist office. Topical crème is usually applied 2-3 times per day because eventually numbing wears off. This is an excellent remedy to relieve pain immediately but won’t further the progression of healing for the canker sore itself. 

6. Cauterization - can be performed in a dentist’s office, usually, involves chemically “burning” the affected area to provide immediate relief to the abrasion. Provides permanent relief to the sore, however, is the most extensive in terms of procedure.

Consider trying each type of these remedies to see which works best for you. No one person is unique and everyone responds differently to all types of treatment.  A realistic suggestion would be to start with the simplest of treatments (basic salt water rinse) to decide how extensive you need to be in your quest to conquer canker sores.

At Kavanaugh Dentistry, we provide treatment to even the most minute matters. Dentistry encompasses a lot more than only providing restoration to cavities and routine hygiene cleanings. We hope to help you with all of your oral health questions and concerns. 

Please give us a call at 317-846-7700 for questions or you can schedule your first appointment online, HERE.