Mouth sores can be bothersome, pesky and downright painful. If you suffer from mouth sores that don’t seem to go away, it’s time for you to make a dental care appointment in Woburn. Mouth sores, also known as canker sores, can outbreak at anytime, but do you know why yours are developing in the first place?
Mouth sores can be caused from acidic foods, viral infections, hormonal fluctuations, mouth injury, immune system problems, menstrual cycle, food allergies, and vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Luckily, just like the many causes, there are many sources of relief that you can count on.
Saltwater and Baking Soda Solution
Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water. Swish this salty solution back and forth in your mouth, making sure to completely cover the sore with the salty mix. Do this for about 30 seconds and spit out the solution. If the saltwater doesn’t give you the relief that you need, add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to your saltwater mix. Go ahead and swish back and forth again for another 30 seconds. If you still aren’t getting the relief you need, create a paste with the baking soda and a small amount of salt water. Cover your canker sores with this paste to help relieve the pain once and for all.
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Mix 1 part water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Use a cotton swab to apply the solution to your canker sore. It is important to make sure that you do not swallow the solution. Though you may not see an immediate effect, hydrogen peroxide is a solution that can reduce the bacteria that caused the canker sore in the first place.
Milk of Magnesia Solution
First off, make sure you don’t drink this solution, because it is commonly used for relief of constipation! To get started, use a cotton swab to dab the milk of magnesia directly onto the sore. Do this 3 to 4 times a day. We highly recommend using milk of magnesia directly after you clean your sore with hydrogen peroxide, as stated above.
Liquid Antihistamine Solution
Benadryl can be bought in liquid form! A liquid antihistamine can be used as an oral rinse. All you have to do is mix 1 part diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and 1 part milk of magnesia. Swish this solution back and forth in your mouth and spit it out when done. Do not swallow this mixture, as it can give you an upset stomach.
Mouth Rinse and Over-The-Counter Oral Care Products
If no at-home remedies have helped the canker sore diminish, resort to over-the-counter remedies, such as mouth rinse, gels, pastes and canker sore specific treatments.
Schedule your dental care appointment with our dentist in Woburn today if your mouth sores need attention. Call us for more information!