Dental Problems

Canker Sore Treatments and Remedies That Work

There are many canker sore remedies and treatments that help to ease the discomfort, pain and increases the speed of the healing process. Some of the Canker sore treatment and remedies are discussed in this article.

Canker Sore Treatments and Remedies

The treatment and remedies for minor canker sores are listed below:

  • Salt and sodium bicarbonate water solution:

    In one cup of warm water add 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and mix the content well. Use this solution to gargle for 30 seconds and then spit the solution. It helps to heal the canker by gently reducing bacteria and alkalinity in the mouth.

  • Hydrogen peroxide solution:

    Take equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and water and mix them well. Dip the cotton swab into the solution and dab it directly on the canker sore s. It helps to reduce the bacteria inside the mouth. Make a note not to swallow the solution as hydrogen peroxide is antiseptic.

  • Milk of magnesta:

    It is the magnesium hydroxide’s liquid suspension. One can directly dab the solution of milk of magnesta on the canker sore with a cotton swab. It can repeated fro 3 to 4 times in a day. It is usually recommended after using hydrogen peroxide solution. It helps to relieve the pain and speeds up the healing process.

The major canker sores are considered as Herpetiform canker sores. This type of canker sores may need treatment from the dentist. Some of the common methods which are used to treat major or serious canker sores are discussed below:

    • Oral medications:

      If a canker sore has become serious then it necessary to have a prescribed medication. Some of the oral medication which are commonly used for serious canker sore include -Tetracycline (this is not recommended for children as it causes teeth discoloration), Zovirax (Acyclovir, is an antiviral drug and is prescribed for very painful and multiple canker sores).

    • Corticoid steroids:

      Although these are rarely prescribed, but some of these include prednisone, dexamethasone.

Make sure to check the label and instructions before you use any medication. However, canker sores heal with time, but it is better to consult a dentist if the healing doesn’t occur even after 2 weeks .

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