12 Simple And Beneficial Home Remedies For Canker Sores

Submitted By Jenny Smith  

These sores maybe very small and not really noticeable but when touched or disturbed by your tongue or anything you are eating, it hurts immensely. It feels like a hole is being made right then and there in your mouth with a pencil. It hurts that much. The Sores may be small but pack a shot of pain like a bullet. Nobody really knows the cause of the blisters inside your mouth but they are said to be caused by a number of things. It could be allergies or it could be hormonal changes. On a more casual level, they can be caused by stress or tense behavior due to current situations in your life. Mostly students who are going through their exams and are tensed about how it’s going to go get effected so greatly, they get canker sores. Sometimes these mouth sores are due to everyday mishaps with a toothbrush or your own teeth for that matter because we humans do have a nice set of jaws and teeth to go with it; that may cut the insides of our mouth of we’re not careful.

These blisters take their time healing, a week at the least. Along with difficulties in eating and drinking citrus food and drinks, spicy food, fizzy drinks and basically anything that’s going to get in contact with your blister, sometimes you might even have a hard time talking or speaking because the sore swells up a bit and every time you talk, it will make contact with your teeth and it won’t always be very comfortable.

To stop eating your food like a deranged person and talking without a lisp, or just generally to tone down the pain until the sores heal, you can follow simple and easy remedies that are mentioned below. You can easily find the ingredients at home and in your pantry. The key to heal your canker sore is to first eliminate the pain and the swelling, because it can get worse and develop into another oral condition.

Note: If your sore remains for more than 3 weeks without showing any signs of healing, then you should probably see a doctor and stop self medication.

“Canker Sores don’t have a definite cause, but they are definitely very irritating and painful. They are usually red sores with a yellowish white center. The healing process of the sores isn’t immediate but there are several ways to reduce the pain and swelling including icing it and rinsing your mouth with warm water and salt.”

12. Ice

iceThis simple DIY remedy is basically to tone down the pain and sting of the sore. Applying ice or ice cubes on to your sore helps relieve pain and helps cool down the heat in your mouth to which the sore is probably very sensitive. To use this canker sore treatment, follow these steps:

  • Take 2-3 ice cubes, preferably ones that are frozen for over a day so the firm structure remains.
  • Wrap them in gauze – ish material.
  • Soothe the pain of your canker sore by applying the ice packet.
  • Do this at least twice a day for 10 minutes.

Canker Sores usually form inside your mouth during summers. Due to the heat and all that hot food, this is also our body’s way of releasing heat from our system. So it is important to stay hydrated as well as applying ice to cool it down and relieve the pain.

11. Avoid Spicy Food

Avoid Spicy FoodSpicy food can be the cause of a great deal of pain to your canker sores because the spice and the chili will affect the sores very directly. Normally, when you eat spicy food, the spice still gets to you and makes your mouth hot and your eyes watery; so imagine the impact of the spice when you’re suffering from canker sores and you eat a really spicy chicken wing. Your blister will immediately react to it and you will feel a long lasting sting, and you will start hearing fire trucks in the distance. Not really, but it does hurt a lot when spice and chili makes contact with the sores. Just avoid spice, and hope for everything nice.

10. Avoid Citrus Fruits And Drinks

citrus fruitMost of the citrus containing fruits have a tiny amount of acid in them which isn’t really dangerous or bad for your system but it may be bad for your sores. Fruits including orange, lemon, tangerines and grapefruits have citrus in them and a particular acidity level. Although these fruits are great for health and preferred in a diet, when suffering through crank sores it is better to avoid them as the acid in the citrus will sting the mouth sores and it will react with a stinging pain.

Same goes with citrus infused drinks whether organic or inorganic, they still have a certain acidity level. Drinks that are even freshly made from the fruit are to be avoided as they will probably have more impact.

9. Yogurt

yogurtThis is probably a very common ( and healthy ) remedy. All you need is some yogurt. Yogurt is made from fermentation and the active bacteria in it help balance out the bacteria in your mouth, if which they are out of balance may contribute to the canker sores. So If you want to know about some natural ways about how to get rid of canker sores, yogurt is really effective one.

  • Always buy fresh yogurt.
  • Flavored yogurt will not have the same effect as plain and pure yogurt.
  • Eat 2-3 tablespoons twice every day.
  • The cool nature of the yogurt will relieve the pain.
  • The active bacteria will restore the right bacterial balance in your mouth.

8. Honey

honeyLearn how to get rid of canker sores using only honey. Honey has many anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps with bringing the swelling down. And if you rub it on your canker sores, you will experience instant relief and a soothing after taste. This coating is perfect for a very pain inducing canker sore.

You will need:

  • Raw honey – 1 teaspoon.
  • Warm water.

Mix the honey and bit of water and coat the canker sore with it.

7. Salt Water

Salt WaterSalt has bacteria-killing properties and if you combine it with water to rinse you mouth, the effect will be immediate in releasing pain and quickening the healing process. Like a mouth wash, use it to rinse your mouth several times. Using this canker sore treatment in the morning and before going to sleep has the ulterior effect.

  • Use about a table spoon of salt in a glass of warm water twice a day to rinse your mouth.
  • Make sure you use warm and clean water.
  • It is recommended to do it once in the morning and once before going to sleep.

6. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera GelThe best go to plant for a soothing gel is aloe vera. This plant has amazing properties that include fast healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and refreshing after effect. It is used for so many things like burns, pimples, acne, blisters and also sores. So If you’re wondering how to get rid of canker sores, just follow these steps:

  • Apply the Aloe Vera gel on the canker sore and let it dry.
  • Wipe it off with cotton bud soaked in cold water.

5. Coconut Oil

Coconut OilThis is a completely fail safe remedy, all you need to do is apply a thick layer of coconut oil on to your canker sore. It will relieve pain and quicken the healing process. The one and only ingredient you need is coconut oil. Be sure to apply a thick layer because a thin layer slides off very quickly due to the quick melting pace of coconut oil. Follow these steps to heal your mouth sores:

  • It is better to use a cotton swab.
  • Or clean hands will do the same trick.
  • Melt a tablespoon of beeswax with the oil to maintain the oil.

4. Soft Toothbrush

Soft Toothbrush

Because the canker sore will be irritated every time it makes contact with anything, brushing will become a chore for you instead of a routine. The pain is like a bee’s sting, so o avoid that it is better to use a brush with softer filaments. Be gentle while brushing your teeth and always check whether the blister is bleeding or not.

3. Baking Soda Rinse

Baking SodaBaking soda can be used as a very effective canker sore treatment. You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  • Warm water.

Mix both of these components and rinse your mouth with it. Baking soda has anti-bacterial properties that help kill off the agents in the mouth that cause the painful, swelling of blisters.

2. Check For Allergies

Check For AllergiesSometimes the canker sores are an indication of a particular allergy. Check your diet for a particular food or drink that you take daily. Simple things like tomatoes or chocolate can be the cause of the canker sore or mouth sores being an allergic reaction.

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Doctors say that if you often have canker sores, there is a 70% possibility that it is due to an allergy. Most common allergy recorded with canker sores as a symptom is a reaction to gluten. Gluten is present in wheat and grain based food. So ask your doctor to run a gluten-allergy test if you have these canker sores often.

1. Bees Wax Covering

Bees Wax CoveringIf your sore is constantly irritated by your teeth or your braces, you can put on a covering, a kind of prevention. This will soothe the pain because your sore won’t be rubbing against your teeth or your braces if you wear any. To use this canker sore treatment, you need:

  • 2 teaspoons of Bees Wax.
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

Melt both the components together and apply to the surface.

Do-s Of Treating Canker Sores

  • Do keep applying ice regularly to get rid of the pain.
  • Do rinse your mouth with warm water and salt regularly.
  • Do exercise your jaw to relieve soreness.
  • Do keep wiping off the blood with separate cotton swabs if the sore bleeds.

Don’t-s Of Treating Canker Sores

  • Don’t eat spicy food; it will trigger a reaction to the blister.
  • Don’t eat citrus fruits; it will induce pain the blister.
  • Don’t drink fizzy drinks or citrus fruit flavored drinks because they have similar effects.
  • Don’t use a hard toothbrush to brush teeth.

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