Home Remedies for Canker Sores

Here are a few of the best home remedies for canker sores! Canker sores in the mouth are painful and sensitive, but they can also be treated easily with natural cures for canker sores. 

What Causes Canker Sores? 

Canker sores are the most common kind of mouth sore. They’re painful and unsightly, but luckily, they almost always go away on their own.

They’re a somewhat broad category that basically boils down to “random, not-serious mouth ulcers.”

They’re often caused by minor mouth injuries from eating and chewing, but they’re also caused by a whole host of other factors including dietary deficiencies, allergies, stress, and hormones.

The only thing you really need to look out for is making sure there’s nothing more to your canker sore. If you have a sore that lasts more than two weeks, or your seem to be getting them fairly often, you should go see a doctor.

It could be something serious, such as oral cancer. Otherwise, here are some easy home remedies to deal with your canker sore.

How to Get Rid of Canker Sores

Your primary goal in dealing with a canker sore should be to keep it from getting worse. Don’t aggravate it with any spicy, acidic, or rough foods, and be careful while brushing your teeth.

You also need to keep it clean, so rinse your mouth out with salt water, aloe juice, or your favorite mouthwash. These are good preventative home remedies for canker sores.

You can also rinse your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide, but it has a horrible aftertaste. On the other hand, you’ll be whitening your teeth at the same time, so it might be worth it!

One “wash” you might not suspect is yogurt: you hold a few tablespoons of unflavored, probiotic-rich yogurt in your mouth for a few minutes. The good bacteria in the yogurt help fight off bad bacteria. These are all great ways to keep your mouth clean and healthy while you fight off the sore.

Your secondary goal is to keep yourself from making it worse. That means you need to stop playing with that annoying sore! You’ll be much more likely to leave it alone and not think about it if it doesn’t hurt, so here are a few ways to make the pain go away.

Treating Canker Sores

One method of oral pain relief is to wet a bag of plain black tea and place it directly on the sore. Black tea contains tannins, which have pain relieving capacities.

You can also try herbal sedatives like chickweed, which help to reduce pain. Chamomile is another favorite, and can be consumed as a relaxing tea for home remedies for canker sores.

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Still, the most obvious and best pain relief for canker sores is to avoid doing things that make it hurt, most of which involves the unfortunate human inclination to play with a wound. All these methods prevent you from disturbing the sore, and likely get most of their effectiveness from prevention and not anesthetic potency.

As far as actually making the canker sore go away, there are a few possibilities to try. You can, for example, take a B12 supplement. These supplements help fight of canker sores, and work especially well when dissolved in your mouth.

B12 deficiencies have been shown to make you prone to canker sores, but even if you don’t have a deficiency, this supplement can really help. You can also use milk of magnesia or licorice root extract directly on the sore to make it go away faster.

Some people claim that excruciating home remedies for canker sores like eating raw green peppers will get rid of them, or that putting cream of tartar on the area will make it disappear. However, the evidence supporting the claims that these shorten the life of the ulcer are scant.

These remedies are definitely helping to heal the ulcer, but you can’t quantify by how much. My suggestion is to keep clean, alleviate the pain, and just stick it out until it goes away on its own.

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