Canker sores are the ulcers that form on your tongue, gums or inside your lips or cheeks that can be caused by a variety of things ranging from allergies, injury and infection to even stress.
When you find yourself suffering from canker sores, the thing that is uppermost on your mind is how to get rid of them. The following home remedies can help to bring quick pain relief while allowing your canker sores to heal.
Hydrogen peroxide is a strong disinfectant and has the ability to protect your canker sore from bacteria infection. Use hydrogen peroxide the same way you would use mouthwash, ensuring that you don’t swallow any of the liquid.
Alternatively, you can try making a disinfecting mouth-rinse treatment by combining 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt. Hydrogen peroxide and salt will both help the sore to heal.
You can get a tablet of antacids containing Pepto-Bismol, Tums, or Rolaids and either chew or put it on the sore and allow it to dissolve. The pain you feel from a canker sore is caused by acids and digestive enzymes eating into the tissue in the sore, and the tablets will neutralize the acids to help cure the sore.
Baking soda has an alkaline pH and it will neutralize acids that irritate the canker sore. More so, it also helps kill bacteria to help your sore heal quickly. To use baking soda as a remedy for canker sores, rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 cup of warm water.
Aloe vera gel can help speed uphealing and offer soothing pain relief. Dry the canker sore area with a cotton swab, then slice an aloe leaf. With a clean spoon, dab a bit of the gel directly on the sore. Repeat as often as necessary.
Milk of Magnesia
Sip a small amount and use it as a mouth rinse, making sure to rinse the canker sore itself. This remedy takes advantage of the antacid properties of milk of magnesia, neutralizing the acids in the mouth that cause your canker sore to sting.
You can also dab milk of magnesia directly on the canker sore with the use of a cotton swab 3 to 4 times a day.
Tea also has an alkaline pH, and will as such neutralize acids that irritate the sore. Furthermore, tea contains compounds that may help relieve any pain you may be having. Apply a damp tea bag to the canker sore for five minutes to feel some relief.