Canker Sores

What is the treatment for canker sores?

In most cases, canker sores do not require any treatment, and there is nothing specific you need to do to get rid of a canker sore because it usually will heal on its own. If a person already has a canker sore, there are home remedies that can be used to help relieve the pain or irritation caused by the sore and to speed healing:

  • Topical medications applied directly on the sore, mouthwashes, and oral medications can relieve pain or inflammation.
  • Avoid acidic foods such as citrus fruits or spicy foods that may aggravate the sore.
  • If there is any vitamin deficiency (a doctor can test for this), take supplementation as prescribed.
  • Brush teeth gently and use a brush with soft bristles.
  • Use toothpaste and mouthwash that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
  • Another home remedy is to mix milk of magnesia with Benadryl liquid and use as a mouth rinse.
  • Other natural remedies include goldenseal mouth rinse, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) gargled in warm water, and saltwater rinses. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 9/14/2015
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