Canker sores are small, red painful bumps that form on the inside of the mouth. They may be caused by ulcers in your mouth or gastrointestinal issues that lead to inflammation. The most common types of canker sores are found on the inside of your cheek, near your lips and gums. Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent them from developing and relieve their symptoms. In this blog post, you’ll find several ways of getting rid of canker sore overnight.
A canker sore is typically caused by a viral infection, heat, stress, and fatigue, but can also be triggered by chemicals, such as those found in toothpaste. Some people refer to them as “mouth ulcers,” but they are not ulcers. Any canker sore must be distinguished from an actual ulcer, which is a painful open sore on the surface of your mouth.
When you have mouth ulcers, it’s usually due to low levels of saliva in your mouth or because you have dry patches inside your mouth that are easily irritated. If you don’t eat or drink enough, your saliva dries up, so you get mouth ulcers. You should see a dentist if your sores get bigger and painful, because this can be an indication of other issues in your mouth.
How do I prevent canker sores?
Although it’s hard to stop the development of canker sores, there are several ways to try to prevent them from happening:
Use a smooth-bristled toothbrush that does not contain anti-plaque chemicals or other abrasives. These will be difficult for the body to tolerate. Also make sure you brush at least twice a day and use only warm water on your teeth.
Change your toothbrush at least every three months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
Avoid mouthwash with alcohol as an ingredient. Alcohol dries out the mouth and more canker sores may develop. Use only warm water for rinsing.
If you are using a medicated rinse, swish it around in your mouth for at least 60 seconds after brushing, then spit it out. Do not use more than three times per day and do not swallow the solution.
Floss your teeth every day to prevent buildup on food debris between your teeth that may irritate your mouth or cause canker sores to develop.
Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy, high-fiber diet to ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs to ward off canker sores.
Use a humidifier in your room at night, especially if you have dry skin or lips. This will help keep the air moist and lessen the chance that a canker sore will develop.
Make sure you gargle with salt water at least once every day to keep harmful bacteria from growing on your teeth and gums. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol, though!
Most importantly, try to maintain stress levels that are as low as possible throughout the day.
If you have severe stress, particularly due to a recent emotional upheaval such as the death of a loved one or prolonged and enduring emotional distress, focus on relaxing at night and on the weekends. If you are in extreme emotional turmoil, seek professional assistance.
Reducing pain and irritation
You can treat Canker sores with several different remedies to reduce pain and irritation. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should not be used to alleviate canker sores pain. If you do use a non-steroidal medication for an extended period of time, it may make your canker sore more difficult to heal. These medications inhibit the body’s ability to form healthy tissue. Corticosteroids are another class of prescription medications you should not use while you have a canker sore in your mouth. They also interfere with tissue formation and will not help heal the canker sore faster.
Instead, use natural products to help relieve the pain of canker sores. Health food stores carry a wide variety of products that contain natural ingredients, including essential oils. Cool compresses can also alleviate inflammation. These can be made by soaking a clean washcloth in cold water or iced tea and placing it on your sore for 20 minutes several times a day.
Many people also find that bland foods such as steamed vegetables and white rice help get rid of the pain of their canker sores. Foods with lots of acid, including citrus fruits and tomatoes, may irritate your mouth and make the canker sore more painful. Stay away from spicy foods, such as meats and pepperoni.
Depending on how you manage the pain of your canker sores, you may not even require medication or other remedies. It’s important to keep your mouth clean and free of debris that could lead to canker sores in the first place. Do this, and you should have few problems with canker sores in your mouth.
There are a variety of natural remedies that can help to relieve the pain of canker sores. Focus on being properly hydrated and eating foods that don’t irritate your mouth or cause you to get mouth ulcers. Using a cool compress on your face and washing your face with cold water will also reduce the pain of canker sores. You might also want to consider ways to reduce your stress level throughout the day to prevent any outside stress from happening to you.