Canker Sore Treatment And Prevention

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If you think you may have had a canker sore in the past, but just aren't sure, then you most likely haven't. Why do I say that? Because if you've ever had a canker sore then you would remember the pain they can cause. It just plain hurts at times, especially when drinking or eating.

The good news is that there are answers to how to get rid of canker sores and ways to cure them. A canker sore remedy can range from something as simple as eating a more healthy diet to changing the brand of toothpaste that brush with.

If you find that you are experiencing recurring canker sores you might want to change your diet. Are you eating a lot of spicy foods? These can cause new sores break out and slow down the healing process of those you currently have. Citrus fruits are nearly impossible to eat with a canker sore. The acids they contain not only irritate the sore, but cause a good deal of pain. Therefore try and avoid anything that contains a high level of acidity as well as things like chewing gum or hard candy.

While many foods can cause pain, there are some that work in your favor. Foods like yogurt, buttermilk and cottage cheese are great for canker sores. These foods all contain a substance that fights bacteria. If you are prone to getting canker sores it's wise to incorporate them into your regular diet.

Your toothpaste could also be a cause for canker sores. Many toothpastes being sold in stores contain SLS. Short for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, SLS is a substance that is tough on the delicate mucous membranes within the mouth. For anyone with a canker sore, it will only irritate it more and cause it to heal at a much slower pace.

Home remedy for canker sores

Some of the basic home remedy for canker sores include:

Rinsing out your mouth with a teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 ounces of water.

You can take 1-2 tablespoons of Maalox and mix it with a half tablespoon of liquid Benadryl.

Try using liquids or ointments that have a numbing agent such as benzocaine (Anbesol, Orabase, Tanac) that will help relieve the discomfort of canker sores

While canker sores are a real pain they can be effectively treated. Try one of these tips and begin to experience some canker sore relief.

Author: Terry Edwards

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