Mouth Ulcer: Quick Home Remedies

Have you recently developed painful sores inside your mouth? The sores inside the mouth are called mouth ulcers.

Mouth ulcers can be very distressing to bear with. They are aching sores or lesions that appear either on your tongue, inside of your cheeks, lips or tend to emerge on the floor of the mouth.

They are excruciatingly painful to deal with and cause agonizing sensations while eating or brushing your teeth.

Mouth ulcers are also referred to as canker sores and occur either as a single sore or develop as clusters. These are red dots found in the inside of the mouth that have a white-yellowish head, which can be very painful.

Did you know that mouth sores are an indication that your body is undergoing imbalances such as constipation, acidity, nutritional deficiencies or hormonal imbalances? Mouths ulcers also appear due to a host of possible causes such as body heat, heavy smoking, stress or bad dental hygiene.

These painful sores don't require any medical attention since these subside within a week or two. Smoking and drinking in excess can cause ulcers. If your toothpaste contains the ingredient sodium lauryl suphate, then there is a chance of you getting mouth ulcers.

They usually appear in white or red patches in the mouth. In Ayurveda, it is believed that too much of heat in the body manifests as mouth sores. It persists due to overheat or vitamin B12 deficiency. As the mouth is our first point of contact, we need to take care of our teeth, tongue and gums.

And if your mouth is inflamed, it is a sign that you are allergic to certain foods or sometimes the irritation can occur due to chemical sensitivities. Usually food allergies tend to be the reason for the eruption of mouth ulcers. 

When there are cracks along the centre of the tongue, it is an indication that your body needs B-complex vitamins. If you have a scalloped tongue and constantly suffer from bleeding gums, it is a sign that you need to take folic acid, vitamin C and bioflavonoids.

When there are deficiencies in vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 and folic acid, then there is the possibility of you suffering from recurrent canker sores.

Consuming high sugar and highly acidic foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes and pineapples can be problematic as you would be frequently getting canker sores.

If you have been suffering from mouth ulcers for sometime, then don't worry. There are a few home remedies to heal the sores and to get fast relief from pain.


1. Baking Soda

The alkaline properties of baking soda can defuse the acid that tends to trigger the canker sore. Baking soda works wonders since it balances the levels of acid in the body.

It helps to kill the bacteria as well as treats the sore and enables healing. It reduces the inflammation. It even provides good oral health by removing germs and bacteria.

You can try this home remedy by rinsing your mouth using 1 tsp of baking soda mixed in 1/2 cup of water. Make sure to mix it well. Try to swish it around inside your mouth and then spit it out. Repeat it two times in a day.


2. Tulsi Leaves

Chewing tulsi leaves can be beneficial since it treats mouth ulcers. Try to chew tulsi leaves and then chug a glass of water. This medicinal herb is considered to be curative for any health ailments. Chewing a few tulsi leaves along with water about 3 to 4 times in a day can thwart the recurrence of mouth ulcers.


3. Honey

Honey is known for its antibacterial properties since it manages to soothe ulcers and accelerates the healing process. Honey has the power to reduce scarring as well as speeding up the process of new tissue growth.

Apply honey on the sore which has been mixed along with 1 tbsp of amala powder. Gently dab it on the affected area. For fast relief make sure to use turmeric and mix it with honey.


4. Buttermilk

Buttermilk has the magical ingredient that can heal the sores. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, and is slightly acidic in nature, which can reduce the pain caused due to sores.


5. Chamomile

Chamomile has antiseptic properties that can be ideally used for mouth washing because it prevents the cause of sore. Take a handful of chamomile flowers and try to place them in water. Make sure to use this as a mouthwash twice a day. It does wonders in curing mouth ulcers.


6. Tea

For another temporary relief you can place a wet tea bag over the ulcerated area. Black tea contains tannin which has the power to relieve pain.


7. Coriander Leaves

Take a handful of coriander leaves and make sure to crush them properly. After crushing them make sure to apply the juice on the mouth ulcers to heal the sores.

Even guava leaves can be crushed and the juice can be applied on the mouth ulcer. It tries to heal the sore quickly.

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Story first published: Sunday, May 14, 2017, 14:00 [IST]
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