Health Tip: Calm a Canker Sore03/13/12
(HealthDay News) -- Canker sores are ulcers that form inside the
mouth that can make eating and drinking painful.
The American Dental Association suggests how to help heal a
- Apply an over-the-counter topical anesthetic to numb the
- Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
- Avoid foods that may irritate the sore, especially anything
spicy, hot or acidic.
- See your dentist if the sore doesn't heal without treatment
after two weeks.
- Use an antibiotic and/or bandage as recommended by your
dentist, to help reduce the risk of infection.
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