January 9, 2018
Have you ever wondered what that white bubble forming on the inside of your mouth or lip was? Do you catch yourself biting into it accidentally or nervously, hoping it would just go away on its own? While it’s normal for it to go away without any treatment, you want the option to speed up the process, or at least make it more manageable. Luckily, there are a few tricks your dentist in Anaheim can offer.
If canker sores get really inflamed or break open, they can become infected and put the rest of your mouth at risk. Today, we’ll discuss a few at-home remedies to speed up the healing of your canker sore.
What Exactly is a Canker Sore?
Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that make common tasks like eating and talking more difficult. While canker sores are considered to be very common, they are frustrating to deal with on a daily basis.
These pus-filled patches are usually caused by stress or tissue injury but can also occur from eating acidic fruits and vegetables. To speed up the healing process of canker sores, consider the following at-home treatments.
Use a Salt Rinse
When making a salt rinse, mix 1 cup warm water and half a teaspoon of salt. Mix the rinse in your mouth every 2 to 3 hours to promote healing. If your dentist recommends a medicated mouthwash, do not replace it with the salt rinse.
Use a Soft Brush During Regular Oral Care
Just because you have a canker sore doesn’t mean you should be forgoing your regular brushing habits. In fact, maintaining good oral hygiene can prevent canker sores from becoming infected. If you don’t have one, switch to a soft-bristled to avoid irritating the sore further.
Drink Chamomile Tea with Honey
Chamomile tea has been known to have anti-inflammatory properties, just make sure to let the tea cool to room temperature before rinsing your mouth with it. You can also apply the teabag directly to the sore after it’s lowered in temperature.
For an added boost, put a teaspoon of honey in with the tea as it steeps. Honey may have antiseptic properties that promote healing and reduce pain and inflammation.
Avoid These Foods
If you’re currently eating any foods that are:
Cease eating these foods right away as they can irritate canker sores and interrupt the healing process. Avoid foods that have rough edges and hot drinks. Only drink liquids that are at room temperature or cooler.
Consider Taking Vitamin B-12 Supplements
Vitamin B-12 has a large role in the creation of red blood cells. According to a small study centered around B-12 vitamins, participants reported a reduced amount of pain from canker sores, less outbreaks, and a fewer number of ulcers experienced in a month.
Don’t let that canker sore ruin your day; do something about it! Schedule an appointment with your Anaheim dentist to learn tips to prevent canker sores.
About the Author
Dr. Saeid Mohtashami earned his dental degree from the USC School of Dentistry before opening his practice. He went on to take classes at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies to learn many cosmetic, reconstructive, and neuromuscular treatments in dentistry. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (714) 974-5223 or visit his website.
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