How to Treat Canker Sores at Home
I did it…again. I wasn’t paying attention and bit my lip for the millionth time. And now we have the dreaded canker sore. Well, after quite a few horrible and painful occasions, I have come up with a few ways to treat your canker sores at home. Nice and easy home remedies to get those buggers treated fast so you can get back to enjoying your food!
1. ICE….like now!
Ok, so the most immediate thing you can do when you get that darn canker sore is to apply ice right away. This has quite a few benefits. Obviously, this will numb the area, definitely taking away the sting. This is also followed by the decrease in swelling to the area from your body’s attack on itself. This decreases your chances or re-biting the area, since you now have shrunken the affected part. Pretty “cool” so far, right? (Sorry, the pun was appropriate.) Ice also helps to slow the bacteria process. Canker sores can be prolonged and exacerbated by bacteria entering into the sore. By applying ice, you are slowing and possibly stopping bacterial growth.
Ice, pretty amazing stuff!
2. Mouthwash, not just for fresh breath.
Mouthwash is amazing. Not only for winning breath, but inside are great anti-bacterial ingredients to help heal that sore fast. Just swish or hold the mouthwash in your mouth (especially over the affected area). No mouthwash at home? That’s ok! Whip out your salt and swish with salt water. The more salt you can stand, the better!
Try to swish at least 2 times per day (I do once in the morning and once before bed) for maximum healing ability.
3. Baking Soda, Your New Best Friend.
While certainly NOT the most pleasant part of this process, Baking Soda is highly effective in healing that canker sore. You could swish (1 tsp per 1/2 cup of warm water) or my fave is to paste it right onto the sore. Add a little water to make into a thick paste. Then just slap it on.
I also recommend doing this at least 2 times per day, preferably AFTER step 2 is complete.
4. Baby it.
While all the above steps are great, if you rebite the area, well you’re back to square one. Do your best to be mindful when chewing, brushing your teeth, and any other possible re-injuries.
I have tested all of these How Tos and found this combo to be the BEST in healing. I would say at least a couple of days sooner than no treatment.
How do you treat your canker sores? What has worked best for you?