Mouth Ulcers

What Are Mouth Ulcers?

Mouth ulcers, also known as oral ulcers, are painful sores that are formed in the inner side of the cheeks and lips. Usually white or red in color, mouth ulcers can also be a symptom of a mild or serious medical condition. It can occur in any age group or population and during anytime.

What Triggers The Formation Of Mouth Ulcers ?

  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Poor digestion
  • Excessive intake of oily and spicy food
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Trauma and stress
  • Sudden biting of the cheek
  • Tooth filling
  • Vigorous brushing
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Underlying medical condition

How Would You Know If You Have A Mouth Ulcer?

  • In case of a mouth ulcer, you will observe redness and ulcers in the mouth (inner side of the cheeks and lips)
  • You may also observe excessive salivation, soreness and inflammation inside the mouth.
  • Inability to eat anything
  • Pain and itching
  • Usually, within 3-4 days’ time the symptoms should get better. However, if they do not get better, make sure you consult a doctor to rule out the underlying cause.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor may ask you for your family history and inspect you physically. He shall also enquire about your dietary habits and daily routine.
  • He may examine your mouth. Incase, the ulcers look different visually and suspect an ailment behind the same, he may suggest a few physical examinations.
  • Depending on the diagnosis, he shall suggest a few over-the-counter medications that shall ease your symptoms.
  • You may be recommended to drink a lot of take rest and bring in dietary changes for an early recovery.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Mouth Ulcers?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Coriander Seeds

Ingredients: Coriander seeds, Water

Ways to Use:

To a cup of boiled water, add a teaspoon of coriander seeds. Strain it and allow it to cool. Rinse your mouth with this water. Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

2. Baking Soda

Ingredients: Baking Soda, Water

Ways to Use:

To 2-3 tablespoons of water, add a teaspoon of baking soda. Make a paste using the same and dab it on the affected area. Repeatedly apply this on the mouth ulcers.

3. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

Ingredients: Amla

Ways to Use:

You can choose to apply Amla directly (in the form of a paste or in the powdered form) on the affected area. Rich in Vitamin C, it helps to fight nutritional deficiencies.

4. Glycerin

Ingredients: Glycerin

Ways to Use:

Glycerin is an old remedy for mouth ulcers. You may choose to apply it on the ulcers and allow to spit out the secreted water from the ulcers.

To avoid oral ulcers, make sure you eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals, maintain good oral hygiene, brush your teeth after meals and drink a lot of water. Avoid toothbrushes and pastes that are loaded with harsh chemicals and additives. To avoid severity, you can also pop in Vitamin B capsules and get done with the deficiency.

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