Canker sores are those annoying little sores or ulcers inside of your mouth or gums. They can make eating, drinking, and talking painful. For some people, they are more than an annoyance but a truly painful sore. Thankfully, canker sores are usually a short-term problem that resolves on their own.
When a canker sore is causing pain and irritation you can incorporate home remedies to ease your discomfort. Check out our list of effective home remedies for canker sores to relieve your pain and speed up healing.
A saltwater (saline) rinse will help canker sores by cleaning your mouth making it harder for bacteria to grow. This will help heal your sore, reduce pain, and dry out the canker sore. A saltwater rinse also promotes healthy gums, reports Very Well Health.
To make a saltwater rinse mix 1-teaspoon of salt in 1-cup of warm water. “Swish it in your mouth or gargle it for about 30 seconds, then spit it out. Though it may sting at first, the benefits are worth it,” says the source. Repeat the saltwater rinse several times a day until your sore heals. Always avoid putting salt right onto your canker sore. The salt will burn and can irritate the sore.