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It may seem as though your canker sore plans to live in your mouth forever, causing you significant pain and discomfort. However, you can rest assured it will heal eventually. There are also treatments you can perform to bring relief while you wait for the canker sore to heal.

At-Home Treatments


  • Apply ice to the canker sore. Grab an ice cube from ice cube tray in your freezer and wrap it in a paper towel or washcloth. Place the bundle over the canker sore to temporarily relieve the pain. Remember to not place the cube directly on the sore without covering it first.
  • Use a tea bag. If you have a black tea bag handy, you can use it to reduce the pain. Submerge the tea bag in water to soak it and then place it on the canker sore. Black tea contains tannin, a powerful pain-reliever, and can help provide comfort in the short term.


Over-the-Counter Treatments


  • Use a mouth rinse. Stores carry mouth rinses that you can purchase to relieve your pain. These rinses are alcohol-free and they soothe irritation while they clean your mouth. Additional benefits include the use of hydrogen peroxide and a refreshing flavor.
  • Use a pain reliever. You also buy numbing paste at the store to protect the sore and promote faster healing. True to name, these pastes numb the area as benzocaine–the active ingredient–starts to activate.


By taking these steps, you have a good chance of not being bothered by your canker sore. To learn more about canker sore treatment in Rowlett, Texas, ask Dr. Ellen Nam, our dentist, any questions you have. Just call Rodem Tree Dental at 972-475-2321 to schedule your appointment.