Suffering from mouth sores can make your daily actions such as talking, eating and drinking rather bothersome. Mouth sores, or canker sores are small ulcers that develop in your mouth, causing great deal of pain. The exact reason why people get them is still a vague, but they can be linked to a number of different elements, including Injury to the mouth differing from inadequate teeth brushing to dentures and cheek biting, or it may be due to an underlying medical condition.
They can be treated in a number of different ways, including alternative remedies containing apple cider vinegar, which is fermented juice made from crushed apples. It is rich with vitamins B1, B2 and B6, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid and vitamin C. It may also contain minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium. Besides being used in treating canker sores, apple cider vinegar also helps fight infections, reduces cholesterol and regulates blood pressure.
You can prepare a mouthwash mixture using aloe vera and apple cider vinegar. Aloe vera is used to cool down inflamed tissue and a natural pain relief. For every part of vinegar and two parts of aloe vera, but for a single rinse you need a teaspoon of vinegar and two teaspoons of aloe vera. After swishing for few minutes, spit out the mixture and rinse with some water.
Alternatively, the mixture can be applied directly to the sore using a cotton swab, but rinsing with water is still necessary. Repeat this process two to three times a day.
Another mixture can be made using the vinegar with potassium chlorate, a strong oxidizing agent. It is ideal for canker sore treatment, because it releases oxygen which kills the harmful bacteria and thus lessen the overall inflammation.
Use one tablespoon of potassium chlorate and two table spoons of apple cider vinegar and mix well until the potassium is fully dissolved. Swish it around the mouth for about a minute and spit it, out and rinse well with water. You can do this a couple of times a day, or after every meal.
Black tea and teas made from mint may be used as a remedy for canker sores. They have high levels of tannins, compounds that give the tea its flavor and act as antioxidants. Tannins can be used to reduce the swelling and inflammation, help diminish the pain and speed up recovery. Prepare some tea and mix it in equal measure with the vinegar. As with other mixtures, swish it around for a minute, be careful not to swallow it and wash out with some water. You can use it several times a day, most effectively after meals.
Make sure to avoid hot, spicy and acidic foods, for they may worsen the condition. If the sores occur multiple times throughout the year or their recovery takes exceptionally long time, schedule an appointment with your dentist or a doctor, so he may prescribe you topical medication or over-the-counter pain relievers.