Treat Canker Sores with these Natural Home Remedies

While the exact cause of canker sores is unknown, stress and tissue injuries in the mouth are thought to be the causes of most canker sores. Certain foods can make the problem worse (if they’re acidic or sharp and cause a cut in the mouth). Some underlying health conditions, such as vitamin or mineral deficiencies and gastrointestinal diseases like celiac and Chron’s disease may also be part of a chronic condition.

How can I prevent canker sores?

  • Avoid foods that irritate the mouth, particularly sharp foods like chips or pretzels.
  • Follow good oral hygiene habits, and protect the mouth against sharp edges. If a cut is present inside the cheeks or on the gums, keeping the mouth clean with antiseptic wash can prevent an infection.

What are the symptoms of a canker sore?

  • A painful sore in the mouth, usually inside the cheeks or on the gums that are round and white, gray, or red.

How do I get rid of canker sores?

  • Anything with capsaicin, an ingredient in cayenne pepper, temporarily desensitizes the nerves that cause pain.
  • Used as a rinse over the canker sore, aloe plant juice will help to heal the sore.
  • A mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda in a half cup of water will help as a rinse, which helps to heal the sore.
  • A dab of milk of magnesia is said to offer faster healing as well.
  • An antiseptic mouthwash used several times each day will expedite healing by cleaning it out, though it will burn while being washed.
  • Benzocaine is a treatment product that won’t necessarily heal the canker sore but, as a local anesthetic, can dull the pain.
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