Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers are small and shallow round lesions with a white or yellow middle and red edge. They form inside the mouth and can be quite painful and disruptive of your daily activities like eating and drinking. The pain itself only last a few days and the sore generally disappears in a few weeks. The exact cause is still unknown, some factors such as injury to the mouth, food sensitivities, vitamin deficiency, hormonal imbalance or a certain type of bacteria. If you have a problem with mouth ulcers, don’t worry, there are a few methods you can use to help relieve the pain and inflammation.
Garlic is a one of those remedies you would never have thought of, but it actually has an active ingredient called Allicin that helps fight the inflammation, bacteria and viruses. You can use it in a daily basis by taking a clove of garlic, slicing it in half and gently rubbing it on and around the sore, for no longer than one minute.. After an hour, wash it out with some water. Repeat this process until your mouth is free of ulcers.
You can also use hydrogen peroxide or H2O2 on a daily basis as a mouthwash for your sores. It has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so it lowers the bacteria count and reduces overall swelling.
Take a piece of sanitary gauze or a cotton pad, dip it in hydrogen peroxide and start mildly rubbing the sore for a few seconds. After that, take 3 tea spoons of H2O2 and mix it with the same amount of water and use that solution to rinse your mouth. Try now to swallow it. Wait for 15 minutes, then wash it out with some water.
Turmeric paste has been sought for its highly effective antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known as Golden paste, due to the color it gets from the active ingredient called Curcumin.
You prepare it by mixing ½ cup of’ organic turmeric powder and 1 ¼ cups filtered water until it turns into a fine paste, which you then apply with a sterile swab of cotton by completely covering the sore. Rinse the mouth thoroughly after a couple of minutes.
Another way of threating the ulcers is by washing your mouth and gums with a mixture of one part of salt, two parts of baking soda and a cup of lukewarm water. Salt is used as a natural disinfectant so it reduces the time needed to heal the ulcers. Simply swish the mixture for about a minute, spit it out and rinse with some water.
Aside for being used as a home remedy for headaches, muscle aches and stomach problems, peppermint oil also has antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant and analgesic properties. Use a swab of cotton or a gauze and apply the oil by rubbing it on the ulcer. After 15 minutes, spit the oil out and rinse with water. Not only does it help with the ulcers, it also prevents cavities and bad breath.