Say Goodbye to Canker Sores: Quick and Easy Solutions, Beauty Vigour


Say Goodbye to Canker Sores: Quick and Easy Solutions

Beth Mole

Say Goodbye to Canker Sores: Quick and Easy Solutions, Beauty Vigour


Hi everyone, my name is Whitney and I am a dental hygienist. If you’re new here, welcome. If you’ve been here before, welcome back. Today we’re going to talk about canker sores and how to get rid of them. To learn more about dental topics, check out my website,, or my Instagram account, teeth talk girl.

What are Canker Sores?

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are painful round, crater-looking lesions that form inside of your mouth. Although temporary, they can be quite uncomfortable.

Causes of Canker Sores

There are a variety of reasons why someone might get canker sores. Some common causes include:

  • Stress
  • Braces
  • Trauma (e.g. from a slip of a toothbrush or biting onto a sharp chip)
  • Acidic foods and drinks
  • Allergies
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Hormonal changes
  • Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease

Treatment Options

Here are 20 different things that you can try to combat a canker sore:

  1. Use an over-the-counter gel topical oral pain reliever, such as Aura gel.
  2. Use a pain-relieving mouth rinse or mouthwash, as prescribed by your dentist. These are usually called miracle mouthwash or magic mouthwash. Avoid over-the-counter mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
  3. Use a hydrogen peroxide rinse. Although not recommended for everyday use, it can be beneficial for treating canker sores. Be sure to dilute it with water, using a one-to-one peroxide to water ratio.
  4. Use a salt rinse. Warm up some water, add salt and stir, then swish it around in your mouth. You can safely use the salt rinse two to three times per day.
  5. Practice good oral hygiene. Overzealous brushing and flossing can irritate areas inside of your mouth, causing irritation that can lead to an ulcer. On the other hand, not keeping your mouth clean enough can also raise your risk of infections where ulcers develop as a side effect.
  6. Take vitamin B12 supplements. People who are deficient in vitamin B12 may be more prone to developing canker sores.
  7. Drink chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is known for easing swelling and inflammation, including the discomfort of oral ulcers.
  8. Use chamomile compresses. Instead of drinking chamomile tea, you can also use dried chamomile or essential oil from the chamomile plant to create a safe compress.
  9. Use honey. Honey has been scientifically proven to help relieve oral mucosal ulcers when applied to the sore. It can also shorten the length of time it takes for your ulcer to heal, however, be careful because it can also lead to cavities if it’s sitting on your teeth for too long.
  10. Use coconut oil. Oil pulling has been around for a while, and some people swear by it, even though there isn’t scientific evidence to back it up. However, it won’t hurt to try, just please understand that oil pulling does not replace brushing and flossing.
  11. Avoid eating very spicy, salty, or acidic foods. Some people tend to get mouth ulcers simply by eating something acidic.
  12. Try a cold compress. Cold compresses can help reduce inflammation and numb the pain associated with canker.
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How long do canker sores last?

On average, canker sores typically last for about 7-10 days.

Are canker sores contagious?

No, canker sores are not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person.

Can I prevent canker sores?

While it may not be possible to completely prevent canker sores, there are certain things you can do to reduce your risk. These include practicing good oral hygiene, avoiding stress, and avoiding foods that may irritate your mouth.

Are there any over-the-counter medications that can be used to treat canker sores?

Yes, over-the-counter pain relievers such as gels and topical creams can provide temporary relief from canker sore pain.

Are there any home remedies for canker sores?

There are a number of home remedies that can help alleviate the pain associated with canker sores. Some popular options include using a salt rinse, honey, or chamomile tea.

Are canker sores a sign of something more serious?

Typically, canker sores are not a sign of something more serious, and they will usually heal on their own within a week or two. However, if you have a lot of canker sores or they are not healing, it's best to see your dentist or doctor to rule out any underlying issues.

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