Tips To Get Relief from Canker Sores

You may know about two most common types of mouth disorders; i.e. cold sores and canker sores. Canker sore is the most common type of mouth disorder to talk about in this regard. Here, you may wonder if there could be anything you can do to find some relief from this condition because it can turn out to be painful.

Cold sores can occur both outside and inside the mouth. However, canker sores occur specifically inside the mouth. These irritating sores have been painful for people for centuries. So, it would be wrong to think that you are the only one having this condition. Generally, about 20 percent of total population suffers from these sores. And most of the sufferers are women. The medical term used for this condition is aphthous (af-thus) stomatitis. And since it is the common condition, the ways to get relief from it are well-known.

These aphthous ulcers start developing in oval-shaped patches in the infected area. These patches are reddish in color. In a couple of days, a white or yellow membrane starts covering the infected area. Canker sores generally do not require any treatment as they heal on their own after remaining there for 2–3 weeks. However, you have to keep in mind that there is no specific cure for these sores. All you can do is alleviating the pain, and that is possible through a number of things. You can find the ways to get relief in this concern by having a discussion with your dentist.

Local anesthetics

Over-the-counter anesthetic products are not risky and they can provide instant relief by numbing the area.

Mouth rinse

Since this condition is caused by a specific type of bacteria, you can consider using mouthwash which would contain antibacterial agents. In some cases, the use of mouth rinse has been found as a way to accelerate the healing process.


The sores are going to take their time to heal. You have to make sure that you are not getting the healing process delayed by any means. This delay can particularly happen if the food debris gets attached with the infected area. Use of cleansing agents will help you make sure that the debris is cleared.

Oral bandage

The reason oral bandages are called as such is that they cover the sored areas by forming a film that restricts irritants to interact with the infected portion. These bandages are in the form of paste which you will have to apply on the sored area. The paste is going to stick with the wet portion. Apart from restricting the bacteria and other painful triggers, this paste also minimizes the pain.