Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers are small painful sores. They are small, essentially indentions, in your mouth. The difference between cold sores ad canker sores is that canker sores are not contagious and do not appear outside of your mouth. These sores tend to last a few days to as long as a couple weeks. There are some natural remedies you can use to take care of these pesky problems.
Things You Will Need1.) Warm water 2.) Salt 3.) Calcium supplement (such as TUMS)
Step 1In an empty glass put some salt. Now add some warm water and mix it up. You want the water to be pretty salty so be sure to add more if needed. After the salt has diluted you need to rinse the salt water around in your mouth. Do not swallow the water, simply spit it out. Repeat this process for the rest of the cup. I would recommend doing it about twice to three times a day until the sore is gone.
Step 2A trick a friend of mine taught me was that before rinsing my mouth with salt water was to place a calcium supplement against the sore. I used a TUMS, and held it against the sore. after holding it there for about 20 minutes i rinsed out my mouth with plain water first then with the warm salt water. Sure enough, after a couple days the sore was gone and my mouth was pain free once again.
When you have a canker sore be sure to try and stay clear from spicy foods and citrus. These foods will only hurt the sore longer and prolong your pain. Rinsing with salt water is an effective and fast way to deal with a canker sore.