Canker sores, like paper cuts, are painful out of proportion to their size. I’m talking about the ulcers that sprout up on the soft tissue inside the mouth – distinct from cold sores, which are viral and appear on the skin around the lips.
There’s no known cause for canker sores, which is a big part of the irritation. I suspect mine are brought on by acidic foods, but I can’t be sure. People talk about vitamin deficiencies and hormonal causes, which, you know, I can’t rule out!
Unfortunately there’s also no cure. If you’re plagued with complex or recurring cankers, you can get prescription treatments. But in cases like mine, the odd canker isn’t something you want to treat with meds.
Luckily, I’ve stumbled on a trick that actually works.
Ever heard the rinsing with salt water cure? It takes a bit of the sting out, but the ulcer sticks around for days and I have to repeat the rinse often to kill the pain.
In the midst of this ritual I realized that Magnesium Chloride Liquid is also a brine. Technically, it’s a “salt” in solution form, like seawater. I put a drop undiluted on my finger and wiped it on an emerging canker sore before bed. By morning, the pain was completely gone and the white spot was nearly invisible.
This is my new go-to solution for canker sores.
I’m not sure why it works, but magnesium is alkaline, so it may counteract the acidity of a canker. Or, it could be the disinfectant properties at work.
Dentists out there, can you comment?
In the meantime, I’m just glad it works so well. Bring on the tomato sauce! Bring on the grapefruit!