Have you ever experienced those painful annoying sores you get inside your mouth that make you feel weak all through out of its existence for no good reason? Those my friends are canker sores.
Canker sores are so painful. Imagine having those open shallow sores in your mouth that happens to get in contact with the orange juice you just gulped? Well, that’s the time you’ll know how agonizing canker sores can be.
What are Canker Sores?
Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcer, is a mouth ulcer that is open and painful. They come in at usually 2-13mm white or yellow patches, surrounded by red and inflamed tissue.
Canker sores usually sprout on the parts of the mouth that usually moves, such as; under or on the tongue and on the inside of the cheeks and lips. They usually pop alone but sometimes in small clusters.
What causes Canker Sores?
It is pretty much unclear, as to what causes these sores to pop. However, researchers suspect that a combination of these factors might contribute the outbreaks.
To lessen the discomfort, here’s what to do:
- Gargle with salt water. Although, you may feel a tingling sensation at first, it will help reduce the pain.
- Using a cotton swab, mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the canker sore. Let it settle for 30 minutes. Be mindful not to eat or drink for 30 minutes to ensure that the solution won’t get washed away. This should be done 3 times a day.
- Apply milk of magnesia up to 3 times a day. Settle for 30 minutes.
- In some cases, your physician or dentist might prescribed you with antimicrobial mouthwash or antibiotics.
But, how can we prevent these canker sores from recurring?
- Avoid spicy, acidic, or salty foods.
- Avoid foods that can cause allergic reactions, such as itchy mouth, swollen tongue or hives.
- If you have a stress-related canker sores, then you better adopt on stress reduction and relaxation techniques.
- Practice good oral health. Use soft-bristled brush to prevent from irritating your gums and soft tissue.