What natural or home remedies cure canker sores?

In most cases, canker sores do not require any treatment, and there is nothing specific you need to do to get rid of a canker sore because it usually will heal on its own. Home remedies can be used to help relieve pain and inflammation of canker sores.

If a you already have a canker sore, there are home remedies that can be used to help relieve the pain or irritation caused by the sore and to speed healing:

  1. Topical medications applied directly on the sore, mouthwashes, and oral medications can relieve pain or inflammation.
  2. Allow ice chips to dissolve slowly in your moth for relief of pain.
  3. Avoid acidic foods such as citrus fruits or spicy foods that may aggravate the sore.
  4. If there is any vitamin deficiency (a doctor can test for this), take supplementation as prescribed.
  5. Brush teeth gently and use a brush with soft bristles.
  6. Use toothpaste and mouthwash that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
  7. Another home remedy is to mix milk of magnesia with Benadryl liquid and use as a mouth rinse. You can also dab milk of magnesia directly onto the canker sore with a cotton swab.
  8. Rinse your mouth with a salt water or baking soda rinse. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda per ½ cup water, and rinse.
  9. Other natural remedies include goldenseal mouth rinse, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) gargled in warm water, and saltwater rinses.
  10. Zinc lozenges may help provide relief and speed healing time. Do not give lozenges to young children, as they may be a choking risk.
  11. Vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and lysine can be taken orally when lesions first appear and may help speed healing.
  12. Infuse sage and chamomile herbs in water and use as a mouthwash four to six times daily.
  13. The herb Echinacea may help speed healing
  14. Carrot, celery, and cantaloupe juices may also be helpful.

Consult a health care professional before using any home remedy as many have not been scientifically tested or proven effective.

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