Mouth ulcers or canker sores are quite painful and can last for up to a week. This occurs when the lining of the skin inside your mouth erodes to form a tiny, shallow cavity. The discomfort that comes with these small lesions is quite severe and can hamper activities like eating and talking.
There are several reasons for this occurrence, the most common being accidentally biting the insides of your mouth, friction against teeth/toothbrush, etc, dental braces, lack of vitamins, lack of sleep, and stress. While over-the-counter topical gels and creams do their job, there are a couple of mouth ulcer at-home remedies you can use to dull the pain and quicken the recovery. Here are a few tried-and-tested remedies!
Honey for Mouth Ulcer
Raw honey works best to treat mouth ulcers at home. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, honey treats the affected area by providing moisture and preventing it from drying. Adding a pinch of turmeric to the raw honey also works to cure the mouth ulcer.
Tip: Apply 3-4 times a day for best results.
Coconut Oil for Mouth Ulcer
Coconut oil is a home remedy that is easily available and rich in anti-inflammatory properties along with anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. It also works as an antidote to the pain and gives immediate relief. This instant-relief fix can be applied to the affected area several times a day for the best results.
Tip: Hold a semi-solid spoonful of coconut oil to the affected area and experience instant pain relief.
Aloe Vera Juice for Mouth Ulcer
Known for its soothing properties, aloe vera juice can reduce pain caused by mouth stores when used regularly. It quickens the healing process and controls pain. Swish a bit of aloe vera juice in your mouth twice a day to achieve relief from mouth ulcers.
Tip: If not aloe vera juice, apply aloe vera gel to the affected area!
Tulsi Leaves for Mouth Ulcer
Rich in medicinal properties tulsi works to heal mouth sores effectively. Its antibacterial properties make it an ideal choice to orally disinfect the affected area, thus quickening the healing process. Chew tulsi leaves and rinse your mouth with warm water twice a day for pain relief from mouth ulcers.
Tip: If you’re out of tulsi leaves, substitute the same with fenugreek leaves. Simply boil the leaves in water and gargle 2-3 times a day for best results.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Mouth Ulcer
Apple cider vinegar is a popular household item used as a remedy for several maladies. Its acidic nature works to kill bacteria that cause sores. Simply rinse your mouth with this concoction to numb pain and begin the healing process.
Tip: Dilute apple cider vinegar with water before rinsing.
Salt Water for Mouth Ulcer
While this concoction might sting a bit, it is widely used by many to dry out mouth sores effectively. Salt is an age-old ingredient used to heal sores and reduce bacteria that causes the same. It also doubles as a mouth wash to reduce bacteria that cause bad breath.
Tip: Rinse twice a day for best results.
Toothpaste for Mouth Ulcer
Toothpaste has antimicrobial properties that target the infection-causing bacteria of the sore. Applying toothpaste on the affected area might sting but it parallelly cools the affected area too.
Tip: Using an earbud or Q-tip, apply a bit of toothpaste to the affected area once a day.
Garlic for Mouth Ulcer
Being a natural antimicrobial, garlic is a fantastic choice to rid yourself of painful mouth ulcers. It is known to have an ingredient called allicin that works towards numbing the pain caused by these sores as well as effectively diminishing the size of the same.
Tip: Rub a clove of garlic on the affected area twice a day for best results.
Mulethi Powder for Mouth Ulcer
Mouth ulcers are sometimes caused by stomach irritation. Mulethi powder is a wonderful Ayurvedic ingredient that cleanses the stomach and flushes out toxins that cause mouth sores. With active compounds like glycyrrhizin and carbenoxolone, it soothes heartburn, acidity and stomach discomfort amongst other ailments.
Tip: Be wise with your consumption of the same as it also doubles as a mild laxative. Add a bit of powder to a glass of warm water. Add a few drops of honey as well!
Orange Juice for Mouth Ulcer
Those having a vitamin C deficiency are more prone to mouth ulcers than the rest. Orange juice is a fantastic source of Vitamin C and can help in curing the mouth sores of its root.
Tip: Consume freshly-squeezed orange juice instead of juice available in tetra-packs.
Q. I suffer from a severe mouth ulcer problem, what can I do to cure it apart of home remedies?
A. Vitamin b12 supplements and folic acid is suggested! If your condition is severe, it’s best to contact your general physician.
Q. My mouth ulcer problem is accompanied by bouts of random fever, what home remedy do you suggest?
A. Fever of any sort is a red flag. It’s best to visit your physician immediately and avoid any self-help if you have a fever.
Q. What kind of honey do you recommend I use for mouth ulcer?
A. Rich in antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is the best choice to cure mouth ulcers.
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