A canker sore or aphthous ulcer is a medical condition affecting the mucus in the mouth. It is also called mouth ulcer and it is characterized by small sores appearing on the inside of the cheek, lips and tongue. Canker sores are affecting approximately 30% of the people, mostly children and teenagers. The exact cause of aphthous ulcer is unknown, but it is believed that a weak immune system, an unbalanced diet, smoking, some medicine and bacteria can trigger it. Other possible causes are autoimmune diseases, period or pregnancy.
The canker sore is painful and gives a burn feeling in your mouth. It comes like a small, red, sensitive bump, covered with a yellow or white membrane, surrounded by a red halo.
Homemade remedies to get rid of canker sores
The aphthous ulcer can be treated at home using various homemade treatments. This is what you need to have in your kitchen:
• Two drops of thyme oil
• Four drops of lavender oil
• Two teaspoons of almond oil
Mix together the three types of oil and help yourself by a sterile gauze to apply it on the canker sores. If the ulcer is inside your cheek you can leave the gauze there for a while. This homemade remedy is very effective thanks to the antifungal properties in the thyme oil.
Another thing you can do besides the oil treatment is baking soda gargle. In a glass with warm water add two tablespoons of baking soda and mix it well. You can use this remedy three times a day, but make sure you don’t swallow the baking soda water.
Oral hygiene prevents the recurrence of mouth sores
You should do your best to have a healthy lifestyle and to avoid having canker sores. If you had mouth sores at some point in your life, you should keep yourself from eating spicy food or drinking extremely hot beverages. You can prevent the canker sores also by having a proper oral hygiene, avoid smoking, soft drinks and drinking too much alcohol. Brushing your teeth twice daily – morning and evening – with a special toothpaste, a good toothbrush and using mouthwash and dental floss will help you maintain a healthy environment in your mouth.