Canker sores are painful and can be difficult to deal with because of their location on the tongue, the gums, or the inside of the cheeks. They can become even more irritated if they are near a tooth or if you hit them when you brush your teeth. While canker sores usually heal within one week, they can cause significant discomfort during that time. The good news is that there are ways you can treat canker sores to relieve the pain and help heal them more quickly.
There is nothing more irritating to a canker sore than vigorous brushing with a stiff toothbrush. Therefore, use a soft toothbrush and brush your teeth gently -- in fact, most dentists recommend using a soft or extra soft toothbrush all the time. Although you may experience some pain even with softer bristles, you reduce the risk of causing more discomfort and prolonging the canker sore's effects.
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