Have you come across any white spots with a red edge in your mouth while brushing your teeth? Don’t panic, it’s probably just a canker sore. These painful little spots can appear on the skin in our mouths (the “oral mucosa”) or on our gums. In 80% – 90% of cases they only affect the upper layer of the oral mucosa and heal in a matter of days. However, occasionally they can go deeper and in those cases they can take several weeks to heal.
The causes of these sores are varied and can range from hormone fluctuations to a vitamin B12 deficiency to a weakened immune system. If they start to appear often, you should definitely seek medical attention. But if you only have the odd one every once in a while, there are five easy ways to get rid of them using things you probably already have around your home…
1. Low-fat curd cheese
To get rid of a canker sore faster you can try applying some low-fat cheese curd to the spot. Leave it on for a few minutes to let it work. One user reported that her canker sore was gone in less than a day after using this remedy.
2. Tea tree oil
Soak a cotton swab in tea tree oil and rub it on the canker sore. This should relieve the pain immediately. Continue doing this two to three times a day until the canker sore is gone.
Chewing on a piece of papaya can help to relieve the pain caused by canker sores.
4. Aloe vera
To heal a canker sore quickly you can try using aloe vera juice. Simply rinse your mouth out with the juice and you’ll notice the positive effects immediately. Aloe vera also has a great soothing effect.
5. Baking soda
Sprinkle some baking soda on the canker sore and it’ll soon be a thing of the past.
Getting rid of canker sores is one thing, but there are also things you can do to prevent them. Some toothpastes contain sodium lauryl sulfate which is a very caustic chemical that can irritate the oral mucosa and cause canker sores. So if you’re having problems, you might want to try a different toothpaste that doesn’t contain this.
These five remedies in addition to a new kind of toothpaste might be just the trick if you’re having problems with canker sores. But if they persist, it’s always best to consult a doctor.