For anybody suffering with a canker sore, the keyword in this instance is ‘sore’ and in fact, sore is perhaps a bit of an understatement. Canker sores are small ulcers that affect the mouth, tongue, and gums, and, although they aren’t considered to be an immediate threat to your life, they can still make life very painful and very uncomfortable, which is why it’s important to know what to do if you ever suffer with one. Some people are lucky and they rarely, if ever, suffer with canker sores, whilst other people appear to be genetically predisposed to canker sores on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter how often you get them, just once is enough to make somebody want to ensure they never get one again, and fortunately, there are things you can do to treat them, and prevent them altogether. Saltwater for instance, may seem pretty mundane and basis, but in actual fact, saltwater is one of the best treatments for canker sores that you could ever imagine. Here we’ll be taking a look at how to use saltwater for canker sores.
What are the causes of canker sores?
Believe it or not, but sometimes, canker sores may manifest themselves for no apparent reason whatsoever, and may just decide to one day show up. Other times however, it is stress, a lack of nutrients, too much junk food, too many acidic foods, and even food allergies, that can cause canker sores. Other times, excessive and aggressive brushing could result in canker sores, as could biting the lip or tongue. Not only that, but genetics also factor into the equation here, because some people will be genetically predisposed to suffer with canker sores more than others, especially if there is a family history of canker sore problems in the family.
What are the symptoms?
Like all things, with canker sores, the trick here is to spot them as early as possible, which is why it is important to know what to watch out for. In the early stages, when a canker sore is developing, a person will commonly experience a slight tingling or burning sensation in the area that is about to be affected. Eventually, the tingling gets worse and the area will begin to swell up into a red bump. From here, the bump will then develop into the common canker shape that we all know and hate to this day.
Saltwater for canker sores
So, now that we know what causes cankers, and what to look out for, it’s now time to look at how to treat and cure canker sores, which in this case, will be done via saltwater. For optimal results, take a glass of around 6 oz of warm water, and add 2 heaped tablespoons of salt. Give a good mix until the salt has fully dissolved. Next, give the mouth a really thorough rinse with this solution, and repeat this process 3 – 4 times each day. You should begin to notice improvements after just a couple of days. Just make sure you don’t swallow the water, as it will not be a nice experience.