Canker sores are small, shallow lesions that can develop in your mouth. They are also called aphthous ulcers. A key difference between canker sores and cold sores is that canker sores do not occur on the surface of your lips and they are also not contagious.
These sores can be painful and inconvenient, to say the least, and can make eating and talking cumbersome tasks. Most canker sores will go away in a week or two, but you should always check with your doctor or your dentist at Pearl Dental P.C. if you have an unusual amount of pain or if you experience canker sores that seem abnormally large and don’t seem to heal.
We’ll discuss some options you have for treating canker sores.
One method we like is the essential oil approach. Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties and also have anti-microbial agents that will reduce your risk of infection.
You can make a rinse with sage from three teaspoons of sage leaves and two cups of boiling water. Steep them for about 15 minutes and use this concoction as a mouth rinse repeatedly throughout the day.
Baking soda is an effective remedy for canker sores because of its anti-inflammatory qualities. A mixture of this and water can be an effective method to disinfect the mouth and keep the affected area clean.
Honey rub, beeswax and coconut oil, as well as clove oil are all effective home remedies for canker sores as well. There are certainly many methods that are at your disposal to get rid of pain and irritation from minor canker sores that you probably already have at home.
If you have a canker sore that is abnormally large, painful or persistent, then contact Pearl Dental today and we’ll properly diagnose and treat the problem with expert care and compassion.