Q. My oldest son used to get canker sores a lot when he got a cold. Then my mother-in-law gave us the ultimate cure that works overnight.

Swish cultured buttermilk in the mouth and hold it there for about a minute before spitting it out. We don’t know why it works, but it does. The buttermilk also heals a sore mouth from a new toothbrush or an abrasion from crispy foods.

A. You are not the first to report that buttermilk can help soothe canker sores (aphthous ulcers). It is certainly a simple, safe and inexpensive remedy.

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  1. Susan

    Can buttermilk help my cat with mouth ulcers?

  2. K. H.

    Trader Joe’s carries cultured buttermilk.

  3. slh

    Oragel works on cold sores and takes away the pain.

  4. tc

    at your local grocery store

  5. A.M.

    Please advise where can I buy buttermilk for canker sores? I live on Los Angeles.

  6. Lynn S.

    Milk of Magnesia also works on canker sores. Same technique.

  7. SDW

    After I quit eating wheat, I quit getting canker sores.

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