How to treat a canker sore ?
Canker sores are small ulcerations that form on the oral mucosa. Their origins remain unclear even if many contributing factors are now well known.
Fatigue, stress, consumption of certain hard cheeses (such as Gruyère), certain fruits such as pineapple, melon or nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, coconut are all potential factors for the canker sore formation Certain drug treatments (aspirins, psychotropic drugs) or diseases of immunity (HIV, etc.) cause canker sores to appear.
Canker sores most often disappear within 8 days without treatment. But when they recur, it’s best to see your dentist. He may then prescribe a gel or ointment directly applicable to the canker sore, including an anesthetic to relieve pain. A therapeutic mouthwash can also be effective. Finally, treatment and prevention also involve maintaining good oral hygiene and regular monitoring with your dentist, especially for scaling.
- Are local treatments effective against canker sores ?
Canker sores are small mouth ulcers, most often painful. The fact of using, a cream, a gel to fight against canker sores, can be effective. The active molecules of these products are intended to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and protect the erosive wound thus avoiding superinfection. They allow faster healing.
The primary goal is to relieve pain while healing takes place. Some of these products contain anti-inflammatory drugs, or a local anesthetic. They should only be used for a few days consecutively and under medical supervision. Indeed, the antiseptic substances they contain can destabilize the oral flora over long periods.
As for “refreshing” mouthwashes or those used to fight against dental plaque, they have no interest in the management of canker sores.
(source : ufsbd)