The smallest things can really make a difference in one’s day. If you’ve ever been irritated by a bit of debris lodged in your shoe, or bothered by something stuck between your teeth, you know what it’s like to be annoyed by a canker sore that’s taking forever to heal. Canker sores are basically small ulcers that you can have in your mouth or lips, which can be pretty tiny in size but also quite painful.
If you’re worried that it’s taking quite a while for the healing process to get kickstarted, why not try one of these ten great treatments to take away the pain or speed up the recovery process? Your health will thank you for it—not to mention your peace of mind!
Canker Sore Treatment Methods
1. Use salty water to rinse your mouth clean and keep that sore from getting infected further.
It might sting a little bit at first, but if you dissolve half a teaspoon of ordinary table salt into a fourth of a cup of warm water and rinse your mouth a few times every day, it will definitely help your canker sore get better!
2. Soak a chamomile tea bag and press it to the canker sore.
Simply soak a chamomile tea bag in water for around a minute or so, then keep it pressed to your canker sore for five to ten minutes twice a day. You’ll see your sore disappear in no time at all!
3. Rub a bit of honey onto your canker sore.
for its antibacterial properties—not to mention its tastiness!—honey is great for soothing itchy or inflamed bits, which is why it’s a great help for those suffering from canker sores. Gently swish some warm water in your mouth, then apply a dab of honey to the sore. Do this twice or thrice a day, preferably during times that your mouth won’t be moving too much so the sore will absorb as much of the honey as it possibly can to accelerate the healing.
4. Indulge in some plain yogurt with live cultures.
Who knew that your treatment could be so delicious? Canker sores are really aggravated or sometimes even caused by the bacteria in your mouth, so introducing a little balance in the bacterial population of your body will go a long way towards alleviating your pain. Eat some creamy plain yogurt—make sure it has live lactobacilli!—and you’re sure to help your gut as well as your canker sore problem.
5. Avoid acidic foods.
Part of treatment for any condition, when necessary, is desistance from the things that make it worse. Eating acidic foods may trigger irritation of your canker sores. That definitely goes for coffee—whose very hot temp, if you like a scalding cuppa in the morning, does absolutely nothing for your oral health.
6. Use ice to relieve yourself of the pain of canker sores.
Rubbing ice chips onto the sores can bring you some relief without affecting the bacterial balance or the acidity of your mouth too much, which is certainly a bonus. Let the chips slowly dissolve on the sores and resist the urge to crunch on them with your teeth!
7. Dilute a bit of peppermint oil and rub that onto your canker sore.
Is the pain getting to be too much to handle for that day? Need to relieve that inflamed, irritated area in your mouth before it drives you up the wall? Peppermint is great for mildly numbing those canker sores which are bugging you so much. Pair ten drops of pure peppermint oil with two tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil, and you’ll have a soothing spray that will shush those sores in a jiffy!
8. Not feeling the peppermint? Eucalyptus is another option.
Some people are more partial to particular scents or flavors, and as a soothing mist to numb your canker sore should be applied when needed—and that may be frequently—it should conform to your preferences as much as possible. Eucalyptus is another good soothing antimicrobial option which will also numb that canker sore for a while—use eight drops of eucalyptus oil for every two tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil!
9. Another good option is clove oil—tops when it comes to zapping those bacteria!
Famous as an old-school dental painkiller to help numb a patient’s mouth when they didn’t have anaesthetics, mixing half a teaspoon of olive oil with four drops of clove oil and soaking a cotton ball in the mixture means you’ll have something to apply directly to the sore for pain relief. Keep it there for five to eight minutes!
10. For long-term treatment, use supplements to sort it out.
If you worry that it might be a nutritional imbalance that may be causing canker sores to pop up every now and then, it may be good for you to pop supplements if you’re not getting enough of them in your regular diet. These will include folic acid, zinc, and the all-important vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12.
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