Today’s guest blogger, Lizzie Weakley, shares with us a few tips on how to treat canker sores and other oral health issues.
Canker sores and other mouth sore issues are painful ulcers that usually hurt for about 7 to 10 days. These sores usually heal within a matter of weeks, but it may take up to 6 weeks for major canker sores to heal. According to Guerra Dental, it is not completely clear as to what causes canker sores, but thankfully most canker sores will heal on their own so a trip to the doctor is normally not required.
However, there are a few things that you can do to deal with mouth sore issues and speed up the healing process:
Eat Specific Foods
Eat only soft or bland foods that are easy to swallow, such as cream soup or yogurt. Puree or cut any other food items into small pieces so that they are also easy to swallow. Be sure to avoid any possible food allergies as eating foods that you are allergic to may have caused the mouth sore issue in the first place. In addition, stay away from salty or spicy foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, coffee and tomatoes.
Drink Cold Fluids
When you have a mouth sore, be sure to drink plenty of cold fluids such as iced tea and water, but avoid citrus juices. Use a straw when drinking these fluids so that it doesn’t touch your sore as contact with the sore can be painful. In addition, it can be helpful to place ice on your sore until that area of your mouth becomes numb.
Brush and Rinse
When brushing your teeth, pay special care to ensure that your toothbrush bristles do not contact your sore. As another part of oral care, it can be beneficial to rinse your mouth out with salt water. To prepare a salt water rinse, simply dissolve one teaspoon of salt into one cup of warm water.
Use Over-the-Counter Products
Several over-the-counter medicine products, including milk of magnesia, Anbesol and Orabase, can be placed on mouth sores. Use a cotton swab to apply the product 3 or 4 times per day. Also, if you are experiencing a significant amount of pain associated with your mouth sore, purchase a pain reliever such as aspirin or ibuprofen and take as necessary.
Although canker sores and other mouth sores can certainly be a nuisance, these suggested treatments should resolve the issue. However, if the sores are still bothersome after 2 weeks, it is recommended that you see your doctor or dentist who may recommend medicines such as steroid cream or prescription mouthwash.
About the Author
My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.
Do you have any treatments you use on mouth sores that work well and quickly?