Canker Sores

Canker sores are shallow and small lesions that appear on your gums’ base or your mouth’s soft tissues. Also known as aphthous ulcers, these are not developed on your lips or around your mouth like cold sores but occur inside your mouth. However, these sores may become painful and make talking and eating difficult. In majority cases, canker sores disappear after a week or more. There are some effective home remedies that can be used to reduce and prevent canker sores.  

Causes of Canker Sores

There are various factors that can lead to canker sores. The following are some of the probable causes:

There can be other causes that can result in canker sores or make them worse.   

Home Remedies for Canker Sores

If you are suffering from a canker sore, there are many home remedies that you can try to get relief from irritation and pain, and promote healing. The following are some effective home remedies:


If the canker sores don’t heal after two weeks, it is best to consult a dentist or a doctor. Also consult a professional if the canker sores are unusually painful and/or large.  


Dr. Shalin Parikh, M.D. is a primary care provider offering skilled, compassionate care for patients in and around Irving and Coppell, TX. 

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