So, you know that the sore that’s causing you a little bit of daily distress is a canker sore. What you aren’t so sure about, however, is what to do now, so that it heals and goes away already! You’ll be pleased to learn that it’s not going to require too much concern, effort, or action on your part. Of course, if you don’t see significant improvement with our suggestions, you should take the time to schedule a checkup. However, most of the time, thoughtful care is all it takes.
Stop Touching It
We know. You want to check the ulcer out with your tongue. You want to touch it with your finger but you aren’t sure why. You accidentally touch it with your toothbrush because you forget for just a second that it’s there. We know it’s hard but giving it space without unnecessary contact is very helpful for healing.
Apply Topical Anesthetic
The more uncomfortable it is, the more likely you are to touch it and mess with it and try to make it better. For this reason, (and because we know it just doesn’t feel very good), we encourage you to consider applying a topical anesthetic to the canker sore. Numb it and forget about it!
Rinse Your Mouth With Salt Water
It’s the same thing your mom, sister, aunt, grandfather, and everyone else ever told you to do about your canker sore: Rinse with salt water; repeat.
Eat Soft, Mild Foods Temporarily
You can most certainly irritate and worsen that canker sore with spicy, hot, crunchy, sharp, hard-to-chew foods. Stick with soft and mild as it goes away. It really will make a difference.
See Us For Canker Sore Assistance Today
If your canker sore does not heal within a couple weeks or if it is quite severe, come see us for a dental checkup! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.