How To Get Rid of A Canker Sore

There’s no need to live with the discomfort of a canker sore. In this video, you’ll learn about some of the things you can do to cure the sores you may be experiencing right now as well as how to prevent further sores from developing later on.

Thankfully, canker sores are very common and can be treated relatively quickly with a few simple steps, such as rinsing with hydrogen peroxide and using a standard mouthwash. Good general dental hygiene also helps with preventing future canker sores.

You can learn more about canker sores on this About.com sub-site.

What Causes Canker Sores?

In this video, a doctor discusses some of the causes of canker sores. Unfortunately, medical science still doesn’t know for sure what causes canker sores, but the good news is that it’s not difficult to treat canker sores using a variety of simple home remedies.

There are a number theories as to what may cause canker sores:

  • Canker sores may be caused by physical damage to the tissue inside the mouth. A cut or scrape can lead to canker sores in certain individuals.
  • Women tend to get them a bit more frequently than men
  • People who have a weakened or compromised immune system are more likely to suffer from canker sores
  • There also seems to be a hereditary element to the problem, with some people simply being more prone to getting sores than others due to genetics
  • Stress is often cited as a cause of cancer sores, although this is due to the fact that stress weakens the immune system

There is also a general theory that a number of factors can work together to lead to canker sores which individually would not cause the condition. Breakdown in mucous membranes in the mouth and throat, antigenic activity, and other illnesses can all contribute to contracting a canker sore. In most cases, these mouth sores are not serious and will go away after a short period of time, usually within a week or so.