What Is An Ulcer & How To Get Rid Of Mouth Ulcers Naturally?
Are mouth ulcers troubling you? There are times when you may feel uncomfortable like burning or pain while eating and drinking due to mouth ulcers.
Mouth ulcer, also known as canker sores, is a fairly common problem. It is basically a painful wound that occurs in the mouth and may occur in the form of a single wound or in clusters. It could appear on the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, gums or even on the lips. Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and natural remedies to get rid of mouth ulcers.
What Is An Ulcer?
An ulcer is a sore or lesion that may appear in any part of the mouth such as inside the cheeks, lips, or on the floor of the mouth. Mouth ulcers are painful and cause discomfort. It becomes difficult to eat.
Causes Of Mouth Ulcers
Mouth ulcers may be caused due to many reasons. The most important causes of mouth ulcers are:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Gastric problems such as acidity and flatulence
- Deficiency of nutrients such as vitamin B or C, iron, and other nutrients
- Family history
- Weak immune system
- Injury caused to the soft tissues when dentures do not fit properly
- Certain drugs can also cause mouth ulcers
Many drugs and medications are available in the market for the treatment of mouth ulcers. Conventional treatments provide only temporary relief. Natural treatments for mouth ulcers include herbs, homeopathic remedies, home remedies, and supplements. It is important to treat the underlying cause to get long-lasting results.
Following herbs are found to be effective for healing up sores quickly and boosting the immune system:
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Studies suggest that this herb is traditionally believed to boost up the immune system and escalates healing. 
- Turmeric (Curcuma Longa): Studies suggest that this herb is traditionally believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties and boost up the immune system. 
- Nitric acid: Studies suggest that this resonance homeopathic remedy is traditionally believed to heal buccal mucosa quickly. 
- Mercurius Solubilis: Studies suggest that this resonance homeopathic remedy is traditionally believed to maintain oral health. 
Home remedies: Natural treatment
People suffering from mouth ulcers can also use home remedies to get relief and improve oral health naturally. Some home remedies are:
- Honey: It is found beneficial for healing mouth ulcers quickly. Apply honey and leave it for some time. Home is believed to possess anti-microbial properties that promote quick healing.
- Baking soda: Add equal amounts of baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply it to the mouth ulcers and leave it to dry. Rinse your mouth after some time. Baking soda helps in quick healing because it neutralizes the acid and promotes the healing of ulcers.
- Coconut oil: Edible coconut oil is available in the market that is found to possess antimicrobial properties. Apply edible coconut oil on the surface of the ulcer and leave it overnight. It helps in quick healing. Coconut oil reduces discomfort and eases pain naturally.
- Saltwater: Take a glass of lukewarm water and add one tablespoon of salt. Gargle properly with the liquid two or three times a day. You can rinse your mouth with plain water afterward. This will give you some relief from discomfort.
- Toothpaste: Toothpaste is used for quick healing of mouth ulcers because it is known to possess anti-microbial properties. It can quickly give relief from the symptoms naturally. Cover the entire ulcer area with toothpaste and leave it for a few minutes. Apply it daily until your pain reduces and whiteness disappears.
- Orange juice: Orange juice helps in quick healing because it is an excellent source of vitamin C. You can squeeze juice from fresh oranges every day and drink. It helps to boost your immune system and also helps to fight against infection and hasten the healing of inflammation.
- Clove oil: Clove oil is known to possess antimicrobial properties. It is believed in quick healing of mouth ulcers. Apply clove oil on the ulcer and leave it for some time. This oil will also reduce pain and inflammation.
- Coconut milk: It is one of the best home remedies that help in the quick healing of mouth ulcers. It may be used to gargle as it provides a soothing effect and reduces pain.
- Turmeric powder: Turmeric has been used traditionally as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It is known to possess antiseptic properties and helps in reducing inflammation quickly. Take a pinch of turmeric powder and mix with water to make a paste. Apply the paste on ulcers twice a day and leave for a few minutes. Rinse it properly. It will give quick relief.
- Garlic: It is another common kitchen ingredient and is used to flavor the food. It consists of a compound called allicin that gives garlic its antimicrobial properties. You can take a clove of garlic and cut it and keep it on the ulcer for a few minutes. Rinse your mouth properly to remove the odor from your breath. This can be done a few times a day to heal the ulcer quickly.
- Apple cider vinegar: Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Use this solution to rinse your mouth. Keep gargling for one or two minutes. Rinse your mouth using plain water. Repeat this every morning and evening to get quick relief. Apple cider vinegar is known to possess antimicrobial properties and helps in reducing inflammation and promotes quick healing of the ulcer.
- Cabbage juice: Take cabbage and boil it in water. Make a puree and drink this two or three times a day to get relief from mouth ulcers. It is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and pain quickly.
What to expect from your doctor?
Some people may have to consult a doctor if their ulcers are big and lasting for more than three weeks. When you visit a doctor, your doctor will first identify the type of ulcers in your mouth. He may ask you to get a few blood tests done for a definite diagnosis of the condition.
A few prevention tips are given here that may help people to prevent ulcers:
- Avoid foods that irritate your mouth. Foods such as pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, chips, nuts, and spicy foods should be avoided.
- Try to add whole grains and non-acidic fruits and vegetables. Eat a well-balanced and healthy diet.
- Avoid talking while eating to reduce accidental bites.
- Maintain proper oral hygiene by using dental floss and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Reduce stress and practice yoga and meditation.
Dr Ritu Sandhu, B.H.M.S., Homeopath, and NASH member graduated From Chandigarh Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, INDIA is a licensed Homeopathy practitioner since the last seventeen years. She writes on health-related topics to share her cumulative experience. Her mission is to uphold the time-honored values of compassion and humanity when caring for patients.