Millions of people all over the world suffer from cankers. Some only get one while others get over 5 cankers at one time. But what can you do? Glad you asked.
What is a canker exactly?
Cankers are nasty white ulcers that are often on the inside cheeks of the mouth and on the edge or sometimes underneath the tongue. Unfortunately they get bigger before getting better.
What causes cankers?
It can be a multitude of things. Stress, citrus from fruits and juices. Chocolate and even having the disease Celiac Disease ( a condition where you can’t have any gluten-flour in what you eat.) can contribute to break outs in cankers. Even your favorite toothpaste may be irritating your canker. Biting down accidentally on the cheek while eating or chewing gum can also cause a canker. Keeping a journal on what you eat may help pin point what causes your cankers. The list goes on what may cause your cankers. What doesn’t go on is a cure for cankers. As of right now there’s no cure only treatments that may help the pain and duration of your canker. Below are home remedies along with over the counter products.
Items you may already have in your home:
Mouthwash type remedies-
Milk of Magnesia or any other antacid- Rinse your mouth 3-4 times a day for a 2 or so minutes. This can help heal the canker faster and relieve some of the pain.
Baking Soda- Rinse your mouth with a baking soda and water mix. Or you can apply less water and create a paste that you can apply right to the canker. Doing this when your resting is the best idea so you won’t be moving around a lot.
Aloe- Use aloe juice as a mouth wash several times a day.
Grapefruit exact- Using a tiny bit of exact in a glass of water, rinse your mouth only once a day.
Hydrogen proxide- Use daily as a mouth wash. But be careful not to use too much as it may kill the good bacteria in your mouth.
Salt mixture- Use salt and water to rinse in your mouth. Warning: This may burn your cankers crazy!
Non Mouthwash remedies-
The Tea bag- Have a regular tea bag sit on the canker and hold it there.
The Stinky Onion- Cut a slab of onion and apply it directly on the canker. Keep in mind that your breathe may not be so minty fresh and your hands may stink after cutting up the onion.
Over the counter products-
Maybe you don’t have time or want to rinse your mouth several times a day. Many oral ointments can be applied directly on the canker to numb the pain. Many times a film is placed over the canker. It’s not a good idea to eat even though you have a film over the canker because this could rip the product off. Some products may stain your sink. Often you are allowed to use these products up to 4 times a daily but check the label to make sure. These products costs from $4.00 to $10.00+
– Orajel- Mouth Sore Medicine in gel or liquid
– Kanka- Available in a wand and liquid.
– Colgate Orabase in liquid or paste.
– Medadyne Oral Pain Relief Liquid
– Super Lysine Herbal Canker Care Oral Pain Reliever
– Cankermelts-GX Medicated Discs
– Butler G-U-M Rincinol P.R.N On-The-Go Oral Pain Reliever
– Anbesol Regular Strength or Maximum Strength
SLS= sodium lauryl sulfate is often in many commercial toothpaste’s which can actually bother your cankers. SLS is put into your toothpaste to help create a form when brushing your teeth.
Toothpaste to help with cankers:
– Rembrandt Extra Whitening Toothpaste Formulated For Canker Sore Sufferers
– Enamel Saver for Canker Sore Sufferers Toothpaste
– OraMD-Comes in a bottle
Sprays can help create some temporary pain relief, flavors vary:
– Cepacol Instant Relief Sore Throat Spray
– Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
– Triaminic Sore Throat Spray
A great way to try these products is to clip out coupons and try samples before you buy the full version. Thankfully new products are coming out to help even more with canker pain. I do not endorse any of the products listed in this article. Give each product some time, remember that canker pain doesn’t go away overnight. Good luck!