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How to Get Rid of Canker Sores

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Canker sores are painful, and can be triggered by a number of different reasons:

  •    Acidic foods
  •    Stress
  •    Nutrient deficiency
  •    Trauma
  •    Poor oral hygiene
  •    Gut malabsorption issues
  •    Food allergies and intolerances

The pain often requires attention, and strategies to “get the mouth back to normal” as quickly as painful, or at the least to reduce the pain. Align Dentistry offers the following tips on how to get rid of canker sores quickly.

Keep your mouth clean

Cleanliness is essential.  The mouth can be a haven for “bad bugs”.  Consider using oral hygiene products and techniques including daily brushing, tongue cleaning, flossing and swishing that will help to keep the mouth clean and healthy.

Eat consciously 

A balanced diet is essential.  If you tend to have a particular spot that canker sores appear, it may be your “Chomping” spot.  Be aware of this and avoid chewing in the area.

Reduce acidic foods

Reducing acidic foods can help to improve the pH balance in the mouth, and enhance the healing process.  Consider what you put in your mouth and stay away from acidic foods.

Support the stressed tissue 

Products that are designed to reduce the pain of a canker sore are available on the market.  The products are designed to be administered by the finger gently rubbing the canker sore and surrounding area and will help to reduce the pain.

Cut down on your sugar intake 

Sugar will increase the stress by increasing blood sugar fluctuations, causing the pH in the mouth to be acidic.  Cut down or eliminate sugars from your diet.

Eliminate wheat and gluten foods 

Many individuals are sensitive to wheat and gluten.  Both can be triggers of canker sores.  A canker sore is an ulcer within the mouth, and for individuals that are sensitive to wheat and gluten the foods should be cut out from the diet.

While canker sores are painful, they can often be prevented, as well as the pain reduced through proper care for the mouth ulcer.  With all things that are associated with the mouth, proper oral care is necessary.  Align Dentistry welcomes you to contact one of our receptionists at the number below with any questions you may have, or to schedule a dental appointment.  We can also be reached through our “Enquire Now” form on our web page.

Call us at (02) 9723 5757 

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