Mouth ulcers are also called canker sores. These are small lesions that are painful and develop in the mouth or at the base of the gums. They make talking, eating, and drinking very uncomfortable. People with a family history of mouth ulcers are known to be at a higher risk of their development. They are not contagious and usually heal within one or two weeks. If it is large and extremely painful, consult your doctor.
Factors that trigger mouth ulcers
Here are certain factors that are known to trigger mouth ulcers. These are:
- Hard brushing
- Use of mouthwashes and toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate
- People who are sensitive to acidic foods such as pineapple, strawberries, coffee, and chocolate can develop ulcers
- Lack of vitamin B-12, folate, and iron in the body
- Dental braces
Remedies for mouth ulcers
Here are some remedies for treating mouth ulcers:
- Place damp teabags on the area in your mouth that has an ulcer. This will provide relief from the pain.
- Apply ice to the area.
- Place milk of magnesia on the mouth ulcer.
- Rinse with baking soda and salt water.
- Take vitamin-B12, folic acid, and zinc.
- Consume chamomile tea and licorice root.
- Keep the mouth clean and avoid sour and spicy foods.
- Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Include fenugreek in your diet. Fenugreek is known to help improve the functioning of the immune system and is a rich source of several minerals and vitamins. Fenugreek contains vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc calcium, iron, phosphorous, and carotene.
- You can also apply honey on the mouth ulcer and allow it to stay there.
- Basil is also known for its anti-microbial properties. Include basil leaves in your diet and also chew basil leaves between your meals. You can also add some leaves in hot water and use this natural mouthwash.