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What are solutions to get rid of a canker sore?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Many?: Since we do not know what causes canker sores, the remedies are many. One approach is to apply a topical broad-spectrum antibiotic a few times a day. Another home remedy is to apply table salt on the sore itself but do realize this may hurt a bit. I am sure there are many other remedies but none has been scientifically proven.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Licorice: Licorice has been used since ancient times for canker sores (also known as apthous ulcers) in the mouth. Also, small studies show it can be effective when used as a mouthwash -- 50-75% improvement in 1 day. http://tinyurl.com/kr9aeau sucking on dgl lozenges may work also. Other studies showed positive results with a dissolving licorice disk placed on the sore. http://tinyurl.com/mdvde3o.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What should I do to immediately get rid of my canker sore ?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Laser: You can find a dentist in your area that has a special laser that can treat the lesion. But you still need to let the area heal from the procedure.
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How can I get rid of a forming canker sore?

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Diode laser!: With the advent of laser therapy a canker sore can be easily treated with a diode laser. I tell all my patients to simply show up in my office if you have a canker sore and i will treat it painlessly and have it disappear overnight!
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do you get rid of a canker sore?

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undefined 28 years experience
Aphthous sores: Time , takes 7-10 days most of the time. Doctor may give steroid paste (inflamation), Lidocaine solution (numbs sites), Peridex (antibacterial mouth wash) , vitamin B12 (if recurrent) . Make sure doctor examines you first.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How in the world do you get rid of a canker sore?

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Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Mainly time: The main thing is just time there are some medications that can decrease pain (i.e., viscous lidocaine) and increase speed of recovery (i.e., steroids). Also, cauterizing the sore can speed healing and decrease pain. Most toothpastes have a detergent called sls (sodium laureth sulfate) that may cause these sores. Get a toothpaste that doesnt have sls, i.e., biotine cancer sore relief.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you describe how to get rid of a canker sore?

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Dr. Gary Alder
Dentistry 47 years experience
A few choices: There are several over the counter medications developed to control canker sores. For those who prefer not to medicate you may try hene laser. The spot should be on the lesion for 30 seconds and cover the adjacent tissue. For more info: http://www.Webmd.Com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
The picture above is of a cold sore (herpes) not a canker sore (aphthous ulcer) which occurs on soft tissues like mucous membranes.
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