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What Are Some Ways to Treat Mouth Ulcers?

Canker sores or mouth ulcers are normally small lesions that develop in your mouth or at the base of your gums. They are annoying and can make eating, drinking, and talking uncomfortable. Factors that can put you at risk for developing mouth ulcers are being a woman or having a family history of mouth ulcers.
Mouth ulcers are not contagious and usually go away within a week. However, if you get a canker sore that is large or extremely painful or if it lasts for a long time without healing, you should seek the care of a physician.
Most mouth ulcers do not need treatment. However, if you get mouth ulcers often or they are extremely painful, there are a number of treatments that can decrease pain and healing time. These include:
•using a rinse of saltwater and baking soda
•placing milk of magnesia on the mouth ulcer
•covering mouth ulcers with baking soda paste
•using over-the-counter benzocaine products like Orajel or Anbesol
•applying ice to canker sores
•using mouth rinse that contains a steroid to reduce pain and swelling
•using topical pastes
•using oral steroids
•placing damp tea bags on your mouth ulcer
•cauterizing or burn sealing the tissue with a chemical cauterizer like silver nitrate
•taking nutritional supplements like folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and zinc
•trying natural remedies such as chamomile tea, echinacea, myrrh, and licorice.



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