Canker sores are ulcers or open blisters that form in your mouth because of stomach problems or fevers. They are very painful and patients that frequently suffer from them have from small spots to big, painful bumps that can be on the lips, gums, roof of the mouth, or tongue. These infections cause fevers and a lot of discomfort in general.
We will tell you how to fight these annoying ulcers by using simple home remedies.
- Aloe Vera or Aloe
This is a natural remedy that is very recommended for this type of ulcer. The benefits that this plant can give you are very important because, after the first treatment, the pain that these mouth ulcers cause will be gone. Preparing the remedy is very easy: you just extract a little bit of the gel, also called aloe crystal, from the plant’s leaves. Open the leaf and take out a few of the crystals and mix them with warm water. Stir it very well and use it as a mouth wash. It is the perfect remedy to put a stop to this discomfort in a very short amount of time.
- Homemade Mouth Wash
Since you will want to stop this problem as soon as possible, the best remedy is to make a homemade mouth wash, which is very easy to do: take a half glass of water, add a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of baking soda, and a little bit of oxygenated water. Mix well and gargle it at least four times a day. You will soon see good results
- Saline Solution
This remedy is only for really brave people because the burning will be very strong. If you can handle the burning of salt water while doing mouth rinses, that’s great, but if you want to get rid of the ulcers sooner, put a little bit of salt directly on the ulcer and you will recover faster.
Remember that ice is used for reducing swelling and numb painful areas. That’s why it is also recommended for this type of problem. You can put ice inside a small, clean cloth and put it directly on the infected area so that it lessens the pain a little bit.
You should be aware of any type of injury you get in your mouth. Remember that this type of lesion is very common and it tends to disappear in a couple days. If you notice that an ulcer lasts more than ten days, doesn’t hurt, and keeps coming back, you should seek professional help immediately because it could be oral cancer.
Proper oral hygiene is very important for preventing this type of lesion. Brushing your teeth at least three or four times a day, mouth washes, and flossing are healthy habits that you should teach your children from when they’re young so that this type of situation is prevented.
Another important aspect in preventing these annoying and painful mouth ulcers is change your toothbrush every month. If you have to use dentures, try to establish a daily routine like the following one: leave a glass of water in your bedroom and add five drops of clorox to it. When you go to bed, put your dentures in the glass. This way, you will keep them disinfected and you will be less likely to get mouth ulcers.