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Sometimes canker sores seem like they are going to live in your mouth forever, which is hard because they usually cause extreme pain and discomfort. However, there is no need to worry. They will heal and disappear eventually. Fortunately, there are things you can do to provide relief and comfort while you’re waiting for the cankers sore to fade away. Those things are:

Old-Fashioned remedies

Ice the area: Take a trip to your freezer and grab an ice cube out of the ice cube tray. Then, wrap the cube in a paper towel or washcloth. Place the wrapped cube over the area to bring temporary relief of pain. Remember, don’t place the cube directly onto the area without it being covered.

Use a tea bag: If you have a black tea bag lying around the house, then you can use that to soothe your pain. All you need to do is soak the tea bag with water and then place the bag onto the area. The black tea contains the ingredient tannin, which is a powerful pain-relieving agent that can help you find the comfort you’re looking for.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Swish your mouth: Luckily, there are mouth rinses that you can purchase at the store to relieve your pain. Those rinses should be alcohol-free and they should clean the mouth and also soothe the irritation. It also has hydrogen peroxide and a refreshing flavor.

Use pain reliever: Another product you can buy at the store is numbing paste. This product usually protects the sore and promotes healing. It can instantly numb the area as its ingredient benzocaine starts to activate.

If you do these things, there is a chance you won’t be bugged by your canker sore in Medford, Oregon. To learn more or to ask Dr. Meredith McClay or our dental team a question about these tips, please feel free to call Creekside Family Dental at 541-210-9661 at your earliest convenience. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you’re looking for!