5 Tips to Get Rid of Canker Sores Faster

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If you’ve ever had a canker sore, you know what a nuisance those little suckers can be. Different from a cold sore, canker sores are small ulcers that appear inside the mouth and on the tongue. They are not caused by a virus and are not contagious, but they can be extremely painful and can cause difficulty eating or swallowing.

While the exact cause of canker sores are unknown, stress is believed to play a large role in canker sore formation. “People who are doing too much work or college kids who have a lot of stressful exams often come down with canker sores,” says Dr. Eddie Saremi, DMD, a dentist based in Los Angeles.

Canker sores typically take one to two weeks to heal, but that can be a long time to deal with the uncomfortable pain. To help heal your canker sores faster, we asked Dr. Saremi for his top tips to get rid of those pesky ulcers.

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