Canker sores can be really painful and irritating. They normally form after you get a small blister in your mouth such as biting your cheek while chewing on your food.
What are some ways to get rid of canker sores?
One thing you can try is to change your toothpaste or mouthwash. There is an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate that can be harsh on the protective layer of mucous in your mouth. Choosing a toothpaste or mouthwash without sodium lauryl sulfate may help your canker sore faster.
Another method is to use protective pastes that you can purchase from your local pharmacy. You apply these pastes over the canker sore and it will form a protective seal over the canker sore and prevent the pain. The active ingredient is Benzocaine which is also used in sun burn and first aid creams.
Apple cider is another suggested remedy. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in your mouth and tilt your head so that the liquid rests on the canker sore. Keep it there for as long as you can and the spit it out. You can repeat if necessary but try not to take any food for at least 30 minutes.
You can also try hydrogen peroxide by swishing it around in your mouth for a minute. Do not swallow it. Another way to use hydrogen peroxide is to mix it with an equal amount of water and wet the solution on a cotton swab. Then gently dab the canker sore and you should find relief shortly.
Another suggested method to get rid of canker sores is by placing a wet tea bag on the sore. Black tea contains a substance called tannin that soothes the pain.
Although canker sores can last anywhere from a few days up to two weeks, try any one of these suggestions and you should get relief from the pain and heal faster. Many people prefer the natural remedies suggested above rather than over the counter medicine.