Mouth ulcers, being a common occurrence for a few people, can be a discomfort. Often characterised by  a pinching pain that gets worse when you eat anything and causes constant discomfort when you are just going about your day.

So, does this ring a bell? Are you familiar with the pain? If you are suffering from ulcers, or have suffered before, we are sure your priority would be to get rid of it. So, how do you treat mouth ulcers? Do you need to see a doctor? 

Well, to begin with, you can try these remedies to see if they provide you any relief from mouth ulcers. 

But first, let’s talk about what causes mouth ulcers

Causes of mouth ulcers

An upset stomach 

Remember the time when your mother said you had mouth ulcers because you had an upset stomach? You doubted it because you didn’t have any other symptoms pointing to an upset stomach. Well, what if we tell you that your mother could be right? 

An upset stomach and mouth ulcers are related to each other. Stomach problems can disguise as oral sores. Bacteria that cause stomach ulcers can travel to your mouth and affect gum tissues. 

Moreover, gastrointestinal problems, such as acid reflux, can also cause mouth sores and ulcers.

Other causes: 

An upset stomach is not the only cause of mouth ulcers. Here are some other causes: 

  • Minor tissue injury from dental procedures, such as braces or retainers
  • Accidentally biting tongue or cheeks
  • An allergic reaction to certain bacteria
  • Using harsh toothpaste.
  • Eating lots of acidic foods, such as oranges, pineapples and strawberries.
  • Hormonal changes during your period
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep

Home remedies that work to treat ulcers 

Salt water

Salt water not only heals mouth ulcers but also provides you relief from the discomfort. It can fasten the drying process of canker sores. To use salt water, mix one teaspoon of salt in half a cup of warm water. Gargle with the solution for 30-45 seconds and then spit out. You may repeat it every few hours for maximum relief. 

Using clove oil 

Clove oil is an essential oil derived from the clove plant, scientifically known as Syzygium aromaticum. It is traditionally used in aromatherapy. It can also be used to soothe mouth ulcers. It can provide relief from the pain when applied to the irritated regions of the mouth, all thanks to the analgesic and antibacterial properties that help kill germs. 

Aloe vera

100 problems, 1 solution, Aloe vera. Aloe vera is the cure for most medical issues, so how could it not help with mouth ulcers as well? 

Aloe vera is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Consequently, it helps kill germs and hasten the healing of mouth ulcers. 

Just squeeze out aloe vera gel from the aloe vera plant, and apply a generous amount on the affected area.

A word of caution: You may find aloe vera to be a little bitter, but don’t focus on the taste, but rather on the healing it provides. 

Taking zinc supplements

Sometimes mouth ulcers can also be the tell-tale signs of vitamin deficiencies. You may be deficient in vitamin B12, iron, folic acid and zinc. In this case, taking supplements is suggested. However, consulting a doctor and getting a vitamin screening test done are recommended. 

Applying coconut oil 

Coconut oil is the magic elixir for smooth and shiny hair. Turns out, it can also provide relief from mouth ulcers – all thanks to its anti-microbial properties that fight bacteria.  Additionally, coconut oil prevents the spreading of ulcers, ultimately reducing redness and discomfort in the surrounding areas. You can consider taking the edible version of coconut oil to reap the benefits. 

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is known for its calming properties that help with inflammation and pain. You can drink chamomile tea or use it as a rinse. For the latter, ensure that it cools down. 

Apple cider vinegar rinse

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent herb for the hair. It is considered hair’s natural conditioner. Apart from being beneficial for hair health, it can also help with mouth ulcers. 

It eliminates the microorganisms causing them. If you try this remedy, ensure you apply this cure carefully as a few people have mouth sore irritation from acidic meals.  

Over-the-counter medicines

If these home remedies don’t provide you relief, or if you prefer allopathic treatment more than herbal, you can take over-the-counter medicines. Consult a healthcare expert who can recommend you the most effective over-the-counter medicines to treat mouth ulcers. 

Closing thoughts 

Now we know that taking care of mouth ulcers boils down to a mix of good habits and some easy remedies. Keep your oral hygiene in check, steer clear of things that trigger them, and try out soothing options. If you still don’t get any relief, don’t hesitate to chat with a healthcare expert for some personalised advice. Bottom line – taking care of your mouth, or oral health can go a long way in getting you back to that pain-free smile!

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