The most uncomfortable, painful and annoying condition to have must be those horrible white volcanoes that appear inside the mouth. Yes of course, I mean the mouth ulcer! In many cases, the origin of the ulcer will be unknown, other times it is a bad reaction to certain foods. Learning the origin of the ulcer may be of interest to some people, but I am sure most would be more interested in learning how to cure that nasty that is making them wince every time they move their mouth.
Two most common causes of mouth ulcers are mechanically injury to mouth lining and the other is aphthous ulcer (canker sore) when a person is feeling stressed or under the weather.
1. Drink more water to cool down your body. By cooling down your body temperature, you will let the infected area to recover quicker. At the same time, try not to take spicy food which will increase your body temperature rapidly.
2. Cures for these painful sores include eating three kiwis each day, drinking unpasteurized goat’s milk, or using Aloe Vera juice as a mouth rinse. Sound too exotic? If so, here are a few more remedies that you are more likely to find in your kitchen cupboard.
3. Apply topical gels, pastes or mouthwashes that contains anaesthetics, pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory substances. Many of this can be bought over the counter without prescription excluding those which contain a combination of control medicine.
4. Another great natural medicine to use is resin from the myrrh tree. It has been used for centuries to heal mouth ulcer as it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which help to heal irritated mucous membranes. Use a capsule of powdered myrrh and apply it directly to the mouth ulcers several times a day.
5. Use diluted chlorhexidine or other mouth antiseptic wash once a day to reduce the duration of the ulcers.
6. Lozenges and mouthwash derived from tea tree are great-tasting, natural, antiseptic treatments that help control oral bacteria responsible for tooth decay, gingivitis and bad breath. The lozenges are also used for relieving sore throat, bad breath, sinusitis, blocked nose, mouth ulcers and coughing as well.
7. A good way of treating mouth ulcers is with coconut oil which kills the bacteria that causes them. It is also good for treating throat infections, gum disease and cavities. Certainly the Pacific Islanders who have a coconut based diet have excellent dental health and rarely suffer from mouth ulcers even when they have never brushed their teeth or used floss or anti-bacterial mouthwash.
8. Fenugreek leaves help in the treatment of mouth ulcers. An infusion of these leaves is used for gargling. Fenugreek is a strong agent on the ulcers. Hence it is used as a remedy for recurrent ulcers.
9. Licorice is used for several oral and dental problems. It is a component of several toothpaste brands. Its stem and leaves cleanse the mouth effectively. Apart from controlling the sores, it can refresh the mouth and cleanse the teeth.