Canker sores are also called aphthous ulcer. Similar to peptic ulcers that occur in the stomach, they are painful blisters of the mouth. Often presenting on the inside of lips, side of the tongue. You may also get them on inside of cheeks and on the gums. When you see them, they are usually white or yellow in the center, surrounded by a ring of red, inflamed soft tissue.
Patients who suffer from canker sores usually report stressful situations in their home or work life. Women tend to suffer from canker sores more than men do. They may also be hereditary. If a family member has canker sores, you are more likely to have them as well.
1. Use Cloves or Clove Oil
Clove oil is a valuable natural remedy for canker sores. The active ingredient is eugenol, which acts as a painkiller. Dentists have long used clove oil to help their patients. Clove oil can be applied directly to canker sores for relief. You can also make a mouth rinse from clove oil.
First, swish your mouth with salt water. Then apply a half teaspoon of olive oil to a cotton ball. Top this off with 4 or 5 drops of clove oil. Apply the cotton ball directly to your canker sore for up to 10 minutes. This will give you pain relief and numb the area.
2. Rinse with Baking Soda
Baking soda is an alkaline base. It can neutralize the acids in your mouth that can irritate your canker sore. Baking soda will also kill bacteria in your mouth. This will help your canker sore heal more quickly.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in half a cup of warm water. Swish and rinse your mouth with this mixture. To finish, rinse with fresh water.
3. Rinse with Sage
Sage is a delicious herb often added to gravies, soups, and sauces. It is a part of the mint family. Many natural dentistry remedies include sage. Sage has anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties that may help the oral flora. It may help to balance the immune system and help to heal canker sores.
Mix a handful of fresh sage or 2 teaspoons of dried sage with a cup of water. Swish and rinse your mouth for 60 seconds.
4. Rinse with Antiseptic Mouthwashes to Clean the Area and Relieve Pain
OTC mouthwashes with antiseptic properties reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth, which also assists with healing and prevents a canker sore from worsening.
For a severe canker sore, your doctor may prescribe a steroid mouthwash containing the ingredient dexamethasone.
5. Swish with Salt water
Salt water is a natural disinfectant. It can be a great natural remedy for canker sores. At the first sign of a canker sore, swish with salt water. This will relieve your pain and speed up the healing process.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sea salt or another natural salt in half a cup of warm water. Swish around in your mouth for 30 seconds. Spit, and then rinse your mouth with fresh water.