A large number of people get canker sores, or aphthous ulcers, regularly. They are common for any age between 10 and 40, and that is why treating canker sores is a very important issue.
Canker sores appear on the inside of the mouth, especially on the soft parts like the cheeks, the inside of the lips and the tongue. They also hurt a lot. They are usually about 1 to 2 mm across and they appear in groups. They don’t leave scars and disappear in 14 days at the most.
Canker sores shouldn’t be mixed with cold sores which form on the lips or outside the mouth. Unlike canker sores, they are contagious. If you have a problem with canker sores, try home treatment to reduce the pain, and make them heal faster.
When it comes to canker cores, stress is usually the culprit, which is why many students get them when exams get closer. If this is the case with you, try to relax and do something you enjoy.
Vitamin deficiency is another reason for their occurrence, so you should get rid of the junk food and try eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as proteins and dairy products. Also, you should take a vitamin C supplement, cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), iron and folic acid, which make them appear less often. Yogurt with live acidophilus helps when it comes to regulating bacteria, and makes the sores heal faster. Also, avoid taking any hot and spicy food, since they cause more pain. Take more apple juice.
You might have only bitten yourself, or maybe hurt the inside of your mouth with a toothbrush; you might even look into a potential dental issue, in which case you will need the help of your dentist. If the problem is only a sharp tooth, a short visit to the dentist will solve the problem. Sometimes it helps if you brush your teeth gently, or use a mouthwash. Also, make sure you don’t bite your cheeks or your mouth; you will just make things worse.
Washing your mouth with warm water mixed with a little salt can help treat canker sores. Or alternatively, you can try a solution with baking soda, although it may hurt a lot. Just mix half a teaspoon with a few drops of water and put it on the sore; don’t eat or drink for about 10 minutes, and rinse your mouth with water afterwards. A small drop of hydrogen peroxide on the canker sore will also help.
Sometimes toothpaste can cause canker sores, in which case you should just change it with the one for sensitive teeth. And in no case should you use the one with sodium laureth or sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent, since it makes them worse.
Putting an ice cube to melt in your mouth can also help.
If you use herbs, like chamomile, burdock, lady’s mantle and sage, be careful about the dosage and make sure you use them correctly.
Not even doctors know for sure why canker sores appear. They may be hereditary, or there may be some other cause. Anyway, it’s best to determine the cause for yourself. You will know if it runs in the family, in which case you may already know how to help yourself. If not, try to remember what you ate and what you did before they appeared.
Whatever the reason might be, if they keep coming back or if they are followed by fever, swollen glands, and fatigue, you should consult a doctor. You may get some medication, some pain killers, a tetracycline mouthwash, or a corticosteroid ointment to treat canker sores.