- Eat a healthy diet. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods contain vitamins and minerals that are essential for good oral health and can help prevent canker sores.
- Avoid trigger foods. Some people find that certain foods trigger canker sores. Common triggers include acidic foods (such as citrus fruits and tomatoes), spicy foods, and salty foods. If you notice that certain foods seem to trigger canker sores, try to avoid them.
- Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. This will help keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria, which can help prevent canker sores.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. A hard-bristled toothbrush can irritate your gums and the lining of your mouth, which can lead to canker sores.
- Be gentle when brushing your teeth. Avoid brushing too hard, especially if you have sensitive gums.
- Use a mild mouthwash. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol, as they can irritate your mouth.
- Protect your mouth from injury. Avoid biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek. If you have braces or other dental appliances, be sure to wear them properly.
- Manage stress. Stress is a common trigger for canker sores. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, relaxation techniques, or spending time with loved ones.
- Get enough sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body is more susceptible to infection. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
If you follow these tips, you can help reduce your risk of developing canker sores. However, if you do develop a canker sore, there are a number of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help relieve the pain and discomfort.
Please note that this is general information and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about canker sores, please talk to your doctor or dentist.