Nearly 17% of people have had a canker sore at least once in their lives. They are painful and unpleasant, but not dangerous. Let’s examine the causes, symptoms and natural methods to cure this mouth disease.
What is a canker sore?
Canker sores are these small ulcers that appear in the mucous membranes of the mouth. They can form inside the cheeks or lips, gums or tongue. These ulcers are often with whitish or yellowish color, bordered with a red circle. They are painful and provide unpleasant burning sensation, especially when chewing.
The causes of canker sores that can promote the occurrence of this problem are many:
– Food: some foods are deemed to favor the occurrence of ulcers, such as nuts or cheese.
– An injury to the lining of the mouth: this can be caused by too much teeth brushing, oral surgery, etc.
– Fatigue and stress
– Dietary deficiencies, particularly B vitamins and iron.
– Food allergies
– Hormonal changes: some women may have canker sores during the period of menstruation
– Genetic predispositions
– Taking certain medications, including beta blockers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Generally, canker sores disappear in 10 days, but faced with the embarrassment and the pain they cause, it is difficult to wait for that long. There are several medical treatments that help relieve the pain, namely gels, liquids and ointments, analgesics or anesthetics. But of course we advise you to opt for natural remedies!
Remedy 1: Salt water
Among the most popular remedies to ease the pain of canker sores is the gargling with salt water. Salt is a very effective antiseptic and will thereby help relieve the pain.
Mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and use this solution as a gargle, focusing on the area of the ulcer. You can repeat this several times a day.
To speed up the healing of canker sores, you should drink lemon water at night before going to sleep. Add the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water and drink. Don’t put sugar, but you can add honey to sweeten the drink and accelerate the wound healing through its virtues.
Remedy 2: Ice
You only need few ice cubes to apply directly to your canker sores. Keep them on the painful area until they melt.
This will have a cooling effect and will help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation.
Remedy 3: Baking soda
Baking soda same as the salt has antiseptic properties, making it effective for treating mouth ulcers. It helps reduce the pain and eliminate the canker sore quickly.
Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in ½ glass of water and rinse your mouth with this solution 4 times a day.
Note that it is also possible to apply baking soda directly on the sore.
Remedy 4: Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree essential oil has antiseptic and anti-infectious effect formidable against canker sores.
Mix one drop of tea tree essential oil in two drops of vegetable oil of your choice, and apply to the sore three times a day.
How to avoid recurrences of mouth ulcers?
– Balance your diet to be richer in vitamins and minerals.
– Practice good oral hygiene and brush your teeth gently, using a soft toothbrush.
– Avoid foods that promote the appearance of canker sores such as dried fruit, spices, dairy products, alcohol or certain acidic fruits like kiwi. Don’t banish them from your diet, but pay attention to what causes canker sores.
– Eat slowly and without speaking, to avoid small oral injuries.
If you have tried these natural remedies and you are still subject to recurrent mouth ulcers; it may be time to talk to your doctor!