- Sep 18, 2012
Canker sores are extremely painful. They are open sores in your mouth that can cause sharp pains whenever you try and speak, eat, or drink. The severity of the pain depends on the location and the size of the Canker sore. It’s basically another form of mouth ulcer that may appear on your gum tissues. The best way is to usually let it heal itself naturally. However, there are certain remedies you can resort to at home in order to quicken the healing progress. We examine the most effective home remedies for canker sores. Before you start applying any sort of remedy on your ulcer, it is extremely important that you continue to maintain proper oral health. Brush and floss your teeth regularly in order to stop more bacteria from building up in your mouth. Canker sores appear because of bacteria so you’re not helping if you stop brushing. It might hurt if water or toothpaste gets in contact with the sore, but deal with the pain. On top of brushing and flossing, make sure you get a bottle of anti-bacterial mouthwash and give your mouth a nice swirl at least once a day. This will also aid your efforts in stopping bacteria from spreading across your mouth. One fruit you should be eating constantly at this stage is pineapple. This may sound weird but pineapple is known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties. By having some pineapple pieces everyday, you can reduce the level of pain by keeping the inflammatory level low. Again, most mouth ulcers tend to heal naturally therefore it is best to resort to natural remedies. Another simple home remedy worth trying is to rinse your mouth with salt water everyday. Instead of doing it once, do it after every meal. You should aim to have at least 1 tablespoon of salt for around eight ounces of water. Make sure the water is warm or you can cause more irritation on your gum tissues. Apparently some people like to go commando and just apply salt straight onto the wound. I don’t recommend that as you will experience a lot of sharp pains. For a more lavish treatment, you can get yourself some essential oils and apply them onto your sore using a cotton tip. A lot of essential oils are known for their anti-bacterial properties. No wonder they are used for skin products. Essential oils are usually made from ingredients such as Eucalyptus leaves and Lavender. Before you try any of the home remedies above, it is important to note that unless you have a serious case of Canker sores, it is best to simply leave it alone. Usually, it takes two or three days to heal. If the ulcer is stopping you from doing your daily activities, it is best to visit your dentist and ask for professional treatment. They will usually hand you specialized mouthwash or other anti-bacterial products to get rid of the sores as soon as possible. Whatever you do, stop feeling the sores with your finger. You are likely to spread the bacteria to other parts of the body by doing so.