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What works in taking care of a canker sore fast?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Not sure: Some find that applying table salt on the sores may help (painful when applied), others have tried topical antibiotic with success. Still others have been treated with a topical cortisone paste. All of which work for some people. There is no sure cure since we do not know what causes canker sores yet.
Dr. Steven Reubel
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 41 years experience
rinsing: Rinsing your mouth with a 5 oz cup of half water and half hydrogen peroxide, one mouthful for 2 minutes and expectorate 3 times a day until resolution.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Soft tissue laser: For both "cold sores" herpes simplex and "canker sores" aphthous ulcers, I have had much success with a quick treatment with a soft tissue laser (painless). I have many patients who come in regularly right when these pop up and are very satisfied with the results.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Consider cause: Prevention of recurrent canker sores is better than treatment of them! sometimes these aphthous ulcers are the result of acid reflux or a reaction to you toothpaste (consider trying one that lacks sodium lauryl sulfate). Once you have one, try to avoid touching the area. I have found some success prescribing kenalog (triamcinolone) in orabase dental paste for them.

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