Anyone that gets those small apthous ulcers in the lining of the mouth knows how painful they can be. Though not contagious, they can appear quickly and recur in the soft tissues of the mouth or on the gums. However, there are some helpful DIY fixes to deal with mouth misery from that problem to shorten the duration of a canker sore.
For the most part, a canker sore will last about one to two weeks before disappearing. Nonetheless, putting up with the discomfort and ugly invasion it has on your mouth, gum or tongue is something that you can help put an earlier end to you with things that you probably have in your home. The first DIY fix for a canker sore is turning to vitamin E. You may want to try pricking a vitamin E capsule and apply the contents to the canker sore.
Another thing that may help a canker sore is adding one teaspoon of baking soda to one half of a cup of water to swish your mouth with to cleanse and reduce pain.
Mouthwash or substituting one teaspoon of salt to a full glass of water and gargling is another option for how they disinfect the mouth. Both solutions can also help lessen the pain of the canker sore.
Apple cider vinegar or some Milk of Magnesia applied to the canker sore with a cotton swab is said to kill bacteria as well.
Take at least 500 mg. of vitamin C with bioflavonoids two or three times a day to help battle the problem is also advisable.
Some people are prone to get canker sores more often than others. If you find that you are one of them, then you might want to steer clear of eating too many salty, spicy or acidic foods. These types of foods often can help bring on another canker sore attack.
Another thing you might want to read your toothpaste and mouthwash labels for sodium lauryl sulfate. This ingredient has been known to irritate sensitive mouths that are likely to experience canker sores.
Certain medications also can trigger an attack. A pain reliever like naproxen (Aleve) is just one example.
With the information that I shared here, here’s hoping that your mouth can stay healthier and free of pain of any mouth sores in the future.