Abreva For Canker Sores

By Mridul Islam

Canker sores are a type of oral injury that can cause discomfort and pain. The medical term for them is ‘aphthous ulcers’, but they are commonly known as canker sores. These ulcers range in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres, and can be very painful.

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What causes canker sores?

Canker sores are often caused by stress or trauma to the mouth, such as biting your cheeks or tongue, brushing too hard with a toothbrush, dental work, acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruits, allergies to certain foods such as chocolate or peanuts, hormonal changes due to menstruation or other factors.

How are canker sores treated?

Canker sores usually heal on their own within 7-10 days. However, treatment options include topical medications and mouth rinses containing anesthetic numbing agents such as benzocaine, which can provide temporary relief from the pain. If the ulcers don’t go away after two weeks or if they become infected, it’s best to see a doctor who may prescribe antibiotics or other medications.

Are there any home remedies for canker sores?

Yes! There are several home remedies that may help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with canker sores. Some popular remedies include salt water rinses, baking soda rinses, aloe vera gel applications and milk of magnesia applications. You may also find relief from common household products like apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide solutions applied directly to the sore(s).

Is it possible to prevent canker sores?

Yes! You can reduce your risk of developing further canker sores by practicing good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush; avoiding acidic and spicy foods; managing stress levels; quitting smoking; eating a balanced diet; drinking lots of water; controlling blood sugar levels if you have diabetes; avoiding lip/cheek biting/chewing; using mouthwashes with anti-inflammatory properties; and taking vitamins A or B12 supplements regularly.

While most people experience recurrent bouts of painful canker sores throughout their lives at some point in time in their life, there are many ways you can help reduce this occurrence by understanding what triggers them and implementing preventive measures mentioned above into your everyday routine.

Mridul Islam

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