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For most of my life, I've had occasional canker sores - either on the insides of my mouth, the side of my tongue, or near my gums. They hurt but go away eventually. I find that they often occur when I start to use a new toothbrush (the sharp bristles could cause oral trauma), or if I bite the inside of my mouth or my tongue.

I have a canker sore on the side of my tongue now. It's white and it's obviously a canker sore, and it's annoying me to be honest! I might see my partner tonight, and while I know that canker sores are not contagious, I'm assuming it would make oral sex, kissing, or anything involving my tongue painful. I'm moreso concerned for him, but since I know they're not contagious, is there any way to speed up their healing? I usually drink milk and swish it around the area, which helps. I think I bit my tongue or slammed my toothbrush into it, but I'd like to try and get rid of it soon. Thank you so much for your help!

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Hi copper! This is kind of outside our area of expertise, as it's more about general health than sexual health.

But, I too get canker sores (I have chipped teeth and play the saxophone so they dig into my lip a lot while I'm playing!) and I find that the "orajel" stuff really helps if you let it dry properly and form a coating over your sore. It helps to numb the pain, and it also seems to speed up the healing process quite a bit. Though do be warned, when you first but it on, it stings like high hell [Wink]

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