Mouth ulcers, also know as canker sores, are small lesions that are painful and generally appear on the tongue or on the lips. These may have several causes but are generally related to eating very acidic foods. So the first thing you should do is to stop eating this kind of food, especially acidic fruit. This will decrease irritation and allow your mouth to heal faster.
However, there are also foods/products that can help canker sores to heal and that you usually have in your cupboard at home. Check the five ways to heal canker sores faster:
1. Apply black tea
Apply a black tea bag on the canker sore, as black tea contains tannins, an astringent substance, which removes residue and dirt. To apply the black tea correctly, you need to prepare the tea by placing a teabag in a cup of boiling water and let it infuse. When it is no longer hot, place the tea bag directly on the canker sore.
2. Salt water mouth rinse
Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water helps to disinfect the canker sore and speed up healing because salt has a bacterial effect, which removes bacteria from the region. In order to make a salt water solution simply add a coffee spoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this solution for a few minutes, twice a day.
3. Chew a clove
Chewing a clove can also help to heal the canker sore faster and relieve the pain in a few minutes. This is because cloves have antiseptic and analgesic properties, which can help keep the canker sore clean, bring healing, and relieve pain in a few minutes.
4. Gargle milk of magnesia
Gargling milk of magnesia allows the lesion to be recovered and protected from bacteria, so this also speeds up the healing process. To prepare the gargling solution simply mix a spoon of milk of magnesia with a cup of water.
5. Eat natural yogurt
Eating one yogurt pot with bifidus or probiotics will help to improve your bowels and your gastrointestinal microbiota, strengthening your body’s natural defenses and helping to heal canker sores faster.
Does applying bicarbonate of soda help with mouth ulcers?
Applying bicarbonate of soda directly on the canker sore causes intense pain and burning sensation in the area, so this is not recommended. However, bicarbonate of soda can help the canker sore to heal faster because it increases the PH of the saliva. So instead of applying it directly on the canker sore, dilute one coffee spoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water and do a mouth rinse two to three times a day.
Additionally, it is important to avoid mouthwash that has alcohol because this will also cause intense pain, and will irritate the oral mucosa even more. Spicy foods are also not recommended when you have canker sores, but the five home remedies described above are great treatments for canker sores.