Mouth sores are open wounds that are reddish or whitish in color, appear swollen, feel raw when felt with the tongue, can bleed from time to time, cause pain, and lead to discomfort. That is why treating mouth sores becomes very, very important.
In this following HolisticZine article, we will look into some ways of getting rid of these sores.
Mouth sores can be caused due to a viral, bacterial or fungal infection, due to trauma to the mouth (cracked tooth brushing against the cheek), smoking, alcohol consumption, dehydration, poor oral hygiene, nutritional deficiencies, increase of heat in the body, allergies, and the like.
The following are some natural ways by which to get rid of mouth sores effectively.
Fight the Causes
The first thing that needs to be done is to try to figure out the main reason that has led to the formation of mouth sores. Apart from diagnosing the problem, the following steps can be undertaken to generally hasten the healing process and ensure that the mouth sores are treated faster―Drinking water to fight dehydration, bringing about a change in the diet so that the nutritional deficiencies are taken care of, avoiding salty and spicy foods, stopping smoking and alcohol consumption, and fighting the viral infections with medication. If these steps are not undertaken, it can cause for an unnecessary delay in the cure.
There are several over-the-counter medication forms that can be used for the treatment of mouth sores. You need to consult a doctor who will prescribe the right form of tablets and topical creams that you can apply over them.
It is extremely important that you maintain proper oral hygiene. Brush your teeth and gums with a soft bristled toothbrush and use a toothpaste that does not contain whitening agents. Such toothpastes can further aggravate the pain and condition of the sores. Similarly, you can consult a doctor to get a specialized mouthwash that will help in treating the mouth sores faster.
Baking Soda + Salt
Take some baking soda and mix it in water so that you have a thick paste to work with. Next, apply this paste directly onto the sore(s) and let it stay for 15-20 minutes. After this time has elapsed, use a solution of warm water and salt and gargle with the same, 5-6 times. This dual method works at many levels. It provides relief from the pain and discomfort, as well as helps to get rid of the infection that might have led to the sores. Do this after every meal.
Other Natural Remedies
There are several natural home remedies for mouth ulcers that can be used as well. Here are some of the same:
- Cranberry juice is known to prevent, as well as cure, the mouth sores faster.
- Applying aloe vera gel onto the sores, drinking the juice or rinsing the mouth with aloe juice will all work to get rid of the sores faster.
- Mix turmeric and honey to make a thick paste and apply on the sores.
- Take a used tea bag and then freeze it. Press this over the mouth sores and hold for 5 minutes. This helps to dry them.
- Plum juice can be used as a natural mouthwash as well.
- Clove oil applied directly to the sores will relieve the pain and help hasten the healing process.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.