You have worked hard to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile, through regular dental care and even professional teeth whitening! Unfortunately you don’t feel like showing it off much, when you have a canker sore. Many children and adults alike, struggle with canker sores. But knowing they are common won’t make you feel any better. Fortunately there are many simple steps that you can take to help treat your canker sore, that way you can get back to showing off that gorgeous smile once again!
Do You Need A Doctor’s Help
Though doctors have yet to identify a direct cause for canker sores, or aphthous ulcers as they’re known in medical fields, they have detected some contributing factors. Stress, hormonal changes, a diet lacking in nutrients, and food sensitivities can all be potential causes for canker sores. If you have a viral infection, you may also experience a cold sore, and people with other medical conditions may also have an increased risk of developing one.
Generally you won’t need to schedule a dental checkup or doctor’s visit, if you have a canker sore. But if it is particularly painful, you have several at one time, or you have been getting them frequently, you may want to schedule a visit. In some cases, antibiotics or anesthetics may be prescribed to help you heal and cope with the discomfort.
Ways to Treat a Canker Sore at Home
Most canker sores will go away on their own, within two week’s time. But there are some home remedies that may be able to help you speed that recovery time, and alleviate your pain as you recover.
Zinc lozenges, found with the cough drops at your grocery store or pharmacy, may help alleviate your discomfort, while there are a number of items that might be able to speed your recovery. Vitamin C complex, Vitamin B and Lysine can be taken to help improve healing. Echinacea, sage and chamomile could also aid in recovery. Infuse water with herbs, or look for a tea. Finally, you can mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide to create your own mouth rinse. Then dab a small bit of milk of magnesia directly on the canker sore, to help it dry up faster.