Canker sores are small ulcers that form on the interior of the mouth. These annoying little buggers appear on the softer regions like the tongue, the insides of cheeks and inner lips.
Canker sores are often caused by injury to the inner mouth such as biting the inside of the cheek, though some canker sores can be caused by a viral infection, vitamin deficiency or hormone changes. They are not typically serious, but be sure to see a doctor if a sore lasts longer than three weeks or happens regularly over extended periods of time. People who have weaker immune systems, are experiencing stress in their daily lives, or have food allergies can experience them more frequently.
Although they are not contagious, they can continue to reappear after healing, which usually takes about a week. But how can you heal them faster?
1. Meds. You can purchase gels or patches that prevent the ulcer from being further irritated.
2. Mouthwash. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to fight against infection.
3. Soft toothbrush. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid irritating the sore further while maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits.
4. Saltwater. Gargle some warm saltwater for a natural remedy.
5. Avoid spicy foods. Staying away from spices, salt or highly acidic foods can help reduce the chance of irritation to the sore.
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