Having mouth ulcers could be quite the painful experience. These painful sores or lesions could be caused by various conditions or disorders such as; oral thrush, canker sores, fever blister (herpes simplex), gingivostomatitis, oral cancer or oral lichen planus.
However, a typical mouth ulcer is not usually serious and heals, naturally, within a couple of days.
Common symptoms of mouth ulcers include; pain in the mouth and open sores in the mouth.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when you are dealing with mouth ulcers;
- Ensure you eat a well-balanced diet as a deficiency in some vitamins and minerals, such as iron, could cause mouth ulcers.
- If you wear braces with sharp edges that irritate your mouth or lips, visit your orthodontics to help cover or file the sharp edges.
- Ensure you maintain a good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth.
- Minimize stressful situations in your life as stress could trigger mouth ulcers.
- Monitor what you eat as foods, such as spicy or acidic foods, can trigger mouth ulcers.
Below are natural treatments and home remedies for dealing with mouth ulcers;
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is highly effective in relieving mouth ulcers. Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties which help in quickly soothing pain and swelling. It also helps in neutralizing the ulcer acids and killing germs. For this remedy, make a paste by mixing baking soda with a little amount of water. Then, apply the paste to the ulcer with the help of a Q-tip a few times every day until the ulcer cures. Baking soda may cause a slight burning sensation when applied.
2. Numbing Oil Mixture
A homemade numbing spray using essential oils would reduce the pain almost instantly while relieving the ulcers in a natural way. Eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil are anti-inflammatory as well as antimicrobial in nature which helps in dealing with the mouth ulcer condition in an effective manner. These essential oils also have an astringent action that aids in tightening the surrounding tissues around the ulcers.
Fill a glass bottle with about 2 tbsp of olive oil. You may use grapeseed oil in place of olive oil. Now add 8-10 drops, each, of eucalyptus and peppermint oil and mix well. Apply this oil mixture directly to the ulcer several times daily.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature which would assist in killing any germ responsible for mouth ulcers. ACV also has a healing effect which makes it a great remedy for mouth ulcers. Mix a tablespoon of ACV in half a cup of water. Use this solution to rinse your mouth. Do this remedy twice daily.
Using a toothpaste to treat mouth ulcers may seem weird but it works. This is because most kinds of toothpaste are formulated to have an antimicrobial action on your oral cavity. Dab some toothpaste directly on your mouth ulcers with the help of a cotton swab. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse your mouth with plain water.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide – Sea Salt Solution
Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant and may help in preventing and curing infections. Its anti-inflammatory action reduces pain and swelling in an incredible way. Sea salt also has similar characteristics. Therefore, when mixed together, hydrogen peroxide and sea salt would help in effectively treating mouth ulcers.
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide (3%) and sea salt. Add it to a glassful of warm water. Use this to rinse your mouth twice every day. Do not swallow it as hydrogen peroxide can be harmful if ingested.
Honey has numerous health benefits but did you know it can effectively relieve pain associated with mouth ulcers? It not only speeds up healing but also moisturizes and soothes the ulcer. Take a little amount of honey on a Q-tip and apply it gently on the mouth ulcers. If the ulcer is caused due to a recent radiation therapy, consider using manuka honey.
Turmeric, due to its curcumin constituent, has powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial as well as anti-inflammatory properties that reduce discomfort and promotes healing. Take about 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a clean bowl and add water slowly to make a thick paste. With the help of a cotton swab, spread it on the ulcer and leave it for a few minutes. Wash off with water thereafter. Repeat this remedy twice every day.
8. Wax Cap
A homemade wax cap may prevent the mouth ulcer from rubbing against your teeth and braces. Take 1 tbsp of beeswax and mix it with 2 tsp of coconut oil. Warm it a little so that the ingredients melt and mix properly. Slightly cool it and add a little of it at the edge of your braces or tooth where the ulcer is touching. This homemade wax cap would also promote healing.
9. Cayenne Pepper
The chemical compound capsaicin, present in cayenne pepper, is known to inhibit pain by numbing pain receptors. Take powdered cayenne pepper in a bowl and slowly add warm water to make a thick paste. Dip a cotton swab in it and apply it to the ulcer. Do this two to three times every day until the ulcer heals.
10. Cabbage Juice
Cabbage has an anti-inflammatory action on the body which helps in significantly reducing pain and swelling. All you have to do is put a cabbage in enough water and boil it until the water reduces to half of its original quantity. Strain and drink it 3-4 times daily to relieve the mouth ulcer condition.
Garlic, due to its allicin constituent, has potent antimicrobial properties, which may aid in effectively dealing with mouth ulcers. Slice a garlic clove. Then, gently press it against the ulcer for a couple of minutes so that its juice reaches the affected area. Wash your mouth using plain water after 30-40 minutes. Do this remedy 2-3 times every day with a fresh clove of garlic.
The cooling effect of ice would help in numbing the area for some time and relieve you from pain almost instantly. So, if a mouth ulcer is bothering you too much, the easiest way to deal with it is to apply ice. Furthermore, cold compress also prevents the ulcer from progressing. Therefore, it is best to apply ice as soon as you start to notice the first symptoms of a mouth ulcer such as burning sensation.
13. Clove Oil
Clove oil is extensively used in natural medicine to treat many oral problems. It may also heal mouth ulcers effectively due to its antimicrobial properties. Take a little amount of clove oil on a cotton swab and apply it directly over the ulcer. Leave it on and do this 2-3 times in a day. Make sure you clean your mouth using lukewarm water before each application.
Alum is another effective remedy for mouth ulcers. Take some alum crystals in a bowl and crush it to obtain its powder. Then, take a cotton swab and dampen it with water. Dip it in the powder and apply it to the affected area. Let it stay for a couple of minutes and wash your mouth with water. Repeat this remedy twice every day until the ulcer fades out. Alum may cause a stinging sensation when applied.
15. Coconut Oil
Apply a little amount of virgin coconut oil on the mouth ulcer for effectively reducing pain and swelling. Since coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial in nature, it helps in healing the ulcer in an easy and effective way. Dab the coconut oil to the ulcer several times during the day and at bedtime. You could also use coconut milk if available.
Celery has high levels of vitamins and folic acid that helps in curing the ulcer fast. It is also useful in reducing a bad breath. Simply put a piece of a fresh stalk of celery in your mouth and chew it slowly. Let the pulp stay in your mouth covering the ulcer for 8-10 minutes.
Basil has healing properties in addition to being a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent. Therefore, it can relieve oral problems efficiently. Pluck 5-6 fresh basil leaves and wash them thoroughly. Chew them slowly so the healing juices cover the ulcers in your mouth. Now sip in some water. Repeat this remedy at least 2 times daily.
18. Coriander Seeds
Add 1 tsp of coriander seeds to a cup of water and boil it for a few minutes. Remove from heat and strain it. When cool, use this solution to rinse your mouth. Coriander seeds have been used for many years to relieve mouth ulcers. Its healing properties reduce pain and discomfort and cure the infection in a natural and effective way. Repeat this remedy 3-4 times daily until you see an improvement.
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