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Cure Canker Sores with Inexpensive Home Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 09, 2015

Oral Care   5  0   

Posted by Kevin (Seattle, Wa) on 11/24/2009

[YEA]  Found out that I kept getting canker sores and versions of thrush from using mouthwashes. If you have c- sores and gargle with off the shelf mouth washes, try stopping for a few days. worked for me.

Posted by NMadrid (Madrid, Spain) on 05/23/2009

[YEA]  I used to suffer terribly with canker sores since childhood, till a friend recommended salt toothpaste - I obviously can't mention the brand here, but the main ingredient is baking soda and I have to say that for me (and the friend who recommended it) this really has been a miracle cure!

Posted by Mike (Sofia, Bulgaria) on 10/02/2008

[YEA]  I suffered with mouth ulcers for 20 years or more. Recently I realized I wasn't rinsing well after brushing my teeth, and I know that sodium lauryl sulphate in toothpaste is an evil chemical known to cause mouth ulcers. So I decided to rinse my mouth out thoroughly several times (and gargle) with water after brushing. Since I've been doing that I have been free of mouth ulcers. We're talking about months, so I am very pleased.

I've also been eating a lot more omega 3 (in tuna/salmon/lamb). I see some people here recommend flax oil, so that might also be responsible.

Replied by Mike
Sofia, Bulgaria
[YEA]   It's been many months since I posted this and I still have nearly no problems now. In addition to the above I switched to Jason Healthy Mouth toothpaste which has no sodium lauryl sulphate. I rinse out thoroughly 3 times with water after brushing, and that's all I ever have to do.

These days I get the occasional beginnings of an ulcer but it quickly disappears - usually within a day and causes me no pain. I would say I am cured.

P.S. for earth Clinic - why don't you follow all suggestions up with the original posters to see how they worked out in the long term? Most people post something here in a moment of excitement, but never come back to report their progress. An automated email with a form to fill in is so easy to do.

Posted by Catherine (Corona, CA) on 12/27/2006

[YEA]  I've had a lot of success with rotating toothbrushes. Make sure you have at least four toothbrushes and when you have canker sores brush your teeth four times a day, but never use a toothbrush more than once in 24 hours. This worked very well for me for about ten years.

Orange Juice and Fresh Fruit   1  0   

Posted by Sarah (Chicago) on 03/13/2006

[YEA]  I tried what my dad always said and it worked! Orange juice soothes my mouth. I have one under my tongue and boy does it hurt!!

Over the Counter   2  0   

Posted by Sfcb1 (San Francisco, Ca Usa) on 12/02/2011

[YEA]  I have used amlexanox paste for several years since my dentist prescribed it for me. It seems to soothe the sore immediately, and it also seems to cut the duration of the canker or prevent it from developing (hallelujah) if I catch it soon enough after I bite my tongue.

Posted by Wesley (Aiken, Sc, Usa) on 09/20/2011

[YEA]  I read earlier today about the aspirin method of getting rid of the pain from canker sores, and seeing that I have had a very large canker on the side of my tongue for the past 3 days that has stopped me from eating, and made talking and drinking liquids only when necessary I decided to try it. Only problem is I am at work and no one had an aspirin. One of my co-workers when asked about an aspirin said, "I have a goody powder. " So I tried it... It worked GREAT!!! Stung really bad at first... Kinda like some one sticking a hot poker through my tongue but after about 30 seconds the pain seemed to vanish. I was able to eat my lunch without wincing everytime I chewed. I still had a small amount of sensitivity on that side but nowhere near the pain I have been experiencing the past few days. It has now been about 2 1/2 hours since and still hardly no pain... Just a slight amount of sensitivity. I would definitely reccommend this to anyone with canker sores!!!

Replied by Marco
Los Angeles, California
Which goody powder are we talking about for the canker sores? I have a big problems with these sores. Please help.

Posted by Rita (Industry, Ca) on 05/05/2011

I've suffered from canker sores since childhood- as an adult I was prescibed ranitidine for stomachaches and after a year I noticed my monthly canker outbreaks fanished!! Ranitidine is now a over the counter generic acid reducer at Walmart and virtually all pharmacies -- it's a MIRACLE- I highly reccommend trying it

Papaya Leaf Tea   1  0   

Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 06/13/2014

[YEA]  Having read Dave from Fountain Inn's brave experiments with Papaya (in the name of science, of course. (Have you lost those extra pounds, or are they there as a living testament to your brave pioneering spirit??!! ) I discovered a bag of Papaya leaf tea here and decided to try it for recurring Canker Sores. After waiting for three outbreaks, all of which were cured with the tea, I am happy to report that fact here. The relief from pain takes about 2 days of 1-2 teas daily (1 tsp. tea leaves in a cup of boiling water. Either boiled for a bit, or just left to steep) and the cure depends on how strictly I stay away from my triggers (certain baked goods, bananas and more than my tolerance level of citrus).

Pau D'arco   1  0   

[YEA]  Pau d'Arco brings canker sore relief. Use as a poultice on the site of the sore. Pau d'Arco is an astringent and soothes the sore so that eating is a little more bearable. L-Lysine does work wonders too. Try the Pau d' Arco as a poultice on the site of the sore for a bit of relief before eating.

Prevention W/ pH   0  0   

Posted by Cheese Head (Madison, Wisconsin) on 07/01/2011

Earth Clinic, please post this at the top of the canker sore list. Alum etc are cures for an outbreak of canker sores. The underlying factor is an acid ph. Try your Apple Cider Vinegar with a half teaspoon of baking soda 3 times per day or use a highly alkalizing food such as green magma.... 2 tsp in water 3 times per day and you will get rid of the current outbreak and not get them any more. Stay off of acid foods like white flour, sugar and you'll be rid of them for good. Thanks to Ted and all at earth clinic, , , , The cheese head..

Probiotics   2  0   

Posted by Jnell (Lumby, Bc, Canada) on 04/14/2013

[YEA]  Probiotics for Mouth Ulcers: This is so painful at first, if you're dealing with a large ulcer, but it works everytime. Open up your probiotic capsule(s) 1 or 2 is good, pour onto a dish, add only a few drops of water at a time to form a kind of paste, then, using clean hands, use your index finger to scoup up some of the paste and push it up into the sore. Try and keep from swallowing for a bit (you'll get a little drooly) between 2 and 5 minutes is good, but the longer the better I suppose. You want to do this 3 or 4 times/day.... but I've never had to do it for more then a day, once I had one about the size of a quarter on the roof of my mouth and that was nearly gone after the second treatment! It does hurt terribly bad, but only while your pushing the probiotics into the wound.

Posted by Adam (Chicago, Il) on 05/20/2009

[YEA]  I use probiotics 2 capsules a day to control canker sores. I used to get them from eating any kind of nuts or bread/pastry with nuts. For 2 months now I have been eating the nuts without the canker sores.

Sage   1  0   

Posted by Tim (Georgia (Republic of)) on 03/30/2014

[YEA]  Hi, from Georgia (Rep. of).

Here is the best and only remedy for canker sores in your mouth - dry Sage leaves. Chew just a few of them each time and all day long if you like and all year long if you like with no side effects. Don't use a dried stem of Sage to avoid scratches that can worsen situation and prolonged healing. You WILL get rid of canker sores from a few hours to several days in severe cases. Repeat treatment if any. Good luck!

Salt   7  0   

Posted by Sherry (Saginaw, Mich.) on 02/11/2009

[YEA]  I'm subject to ulcers on the roof of my mouth. I try to avoid prescription meds. I recently discovered that swishing warm salt water in my mouth after brushing was very effective. Bananas are quite effective too. Recently, my gums and roof of my mouth both hurt horribly! Out came the salt water. I'd also read in "You, the owner's manual,"that taking 81mg. baby aspirin is extremely helpful. The problem is nearly gone, and I'm sleeping better, too! I can't ask for more!

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