Apthous stomatitis, more commonly known as canker sores, are mysterious mouth ulcers that have plagued most people at some point in their lives. I say “mysterious” because it’s not totally known what causes these pesky painful spots on the inside of the mouth, although biting your cheek/inside of your lip, braces rubbing, stress, genetics, and a malfunctioning immune response are all possible contributors.
Canker sores are small blisters, which appear on the surface of the skin inside the mouth. They have a white surface with a red area surrounding it. They are very painful and create difficulties while chewing food. They are not infectious or contagious. Canker sores are the most common blisters occurring in the mouth. They heal fast and may reoccur. They are found on the soft mucous membranes of the skin and on the tongue.
Around 20% of the population may suffer from canker sores at any point in time. They resolve and heal on their own without any medical intervention but you can use these simple home remedies to treat them and get relief from the pain.
Home Remedies For Canker Sores
Sage kills bacteria and viruses, and contains compounds that reduce inflammation. Steep 2 teaspoons of dried sage in a cup of boiling water, covered. Let cool and use as a mouth rinse 2 or 3 times a day; for an effective cure, make sure to swish the tea in the area of your mouth with the canker sore.
Salt Water Gargles
Salt-water gargles provide relief to the canker sores. The only glitch is that the salt water may initially burn and cause tremendous pain. However, this is one way of promoting fast healing. Do salt water gargles at least 3-4 times in a day.
Reduce your stress
If your canker sores seem to be related to stress, learn and use stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation and guided imagery.
Restrict the Intake of Spicy Food
Spicy food may exacerbate the problem of canker sores and may cause burning. Spicy food also slows down the natural healing processes of the body so it is better to curb the intake of hot and spicy food.
Glycerine is an effective remedy for the treatment of canker sores. Just apply some glycerine on the sores and leave it on for some time. Glycerine is sweet so the taste will not be unpalatable. Glycerine helps to reduce the redness and irritation and promotes quick healing.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera juice helps to heal the canker sores and provides a cooling effect. It also helps to detoxify the body so take at least 2-3 glasses of aloe Vera juice.
Following good oral hygiene may prevent the occurrence of canker sores. Brush your teeth twice daily and use a mouthwash regularly by rinsing your mouth with baking soda mixed into half a cup of warm water.
This helps to keep the mouth area clean and healthy. Alternately, apply some baking soda in the form of paste or powder on the surface of the canker sores. This will also reduce the unpleasant bacteria in the mouth.
Wash your mouth by dissolving grapefruit extract in warm water, which acts as an excellent disinfectant.
Onions have strong anti septic properties and are a natural way of preventing and. Apply the paste or simply rub a raw onion on the surface of the sores. This will heal the sores very quickly.
Papaya is an excellent fruit for digestion so eat a lot of papaya for breakfast. It improves digestion and consequently affects the oral hygiene of the mouth.
Tea Tree oil
Tea Tree oil is considered to be good for the skin so apply some of it on the canker sores as they begin o heal. This will keep the skin soft and supple and minimize the skin irritation on the canker sores.