Best Home Treatment Options for Canker Sores
Canker sores can be incredibly painful and unsightly. Dealing with them on a regular basis is never enjoyable, and running out in public to grab ointment is even less enjoyable. Luckily, there are a few wonderful ways to treat them from the comfort of your own home!
Canker sores can happen to the best of us, and it’s important to know that natural remedies are an option. They’re a nuisance for sure, but they don’t have to last for weeks. Here are a few of our favorite home treatments…
Rinse Your Mouth With Baking Soda
Baking soda neutralizes the acids in your mouth because it’s a naturally alkaline base. Since the acids present in your mouth have a tendency to irritate canker sores, baking soda can work wonders for healing them quickly. Also, it will kill unwanted bacteria in your mouth. All you’ll have to do is mix one teaspoon of baking soda in about four ounces of warm water.
Use a Saltwater Rinse
Ah saltwater, a wonderful natural disinfectant and a super remedy for canker sores. As soon as you think you might be getting a canker sore, swish with one teaspoon of sea salt in four ounces of warm water.
You will experience almost immediate pain relief and the healing process will speed up. When finished, spit and rinse with fresh water.
Drink Plenty of Chamomile Tea
Not only is chamomile tea delicious and great for promoting relaxation, but it contains antiseptic abilities. This is a wonderful option for speeding up the healing process, while aiding in healthy digestion and ridding the mouth of bacteria.
Use Clove Oil
Essential oils are at the forefront of holistic healing. Clove oil has an amazing ingredient called eugenol, and it actually acts as a natural painkiller. You are able to apply clove oil directly to your canker sore to feel immediate relief.
To do this safely, use a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Apply half a teaspoon to a cotton pad and then top it off with a couple of drops of clove oil. Press it on your canker sore for five to ten minutes.
To cut the healing time you may also want to step up your oral hygiene and avoid acidic foods while treating your canker sore.
For future dental inquiries, and any questions you might have, reach out to us at Kantor Dental for consultations and advice!
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