How To Reduce The Pain Of Mouth Ulcer?

How To Reduce The Pain Of Mouth Ulcer
Are there home remedies for mouth ulcers? – There are also several things you can do at home to relieve discomfort associated with oral lesions. Here are some tips for healing a mouth ulcer:

Use over-the-counter topical anesthetic, such as Orajel™ or Anbesol®. Drink plenty of water. Practice good oral hygiene to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater a few times each day. Avoid hot and spicy foods until the ulcer heals.

How to get rid of a mouth ulcer?

Download Article Download Article Mouth ulcers, or canker sores, are inflamed circular or oval patches inside the mouth. Also called aphthous ulcers, they are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. Unlike cold sores, canker sores don’t occur on the surface of your lips and they aren’t contagious.

  1. 1 Decide how long you can wait for pain relief. Some natural remedies are quick and easy to make using ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Others, while easy, may either require ingredients only available at specialty food stores or may take time to prepare.
    • Try various home remedies until you find the ones that work for you.
    • Be aware of any food allergies or other sensitivities you may have before trying any home remedies. You may also wish to run it by your doctor before you try a home remedy.
  2. 2 Apply ice to the location of the ulcer. This method is the fastest way to pain relief, although the relief may be temporary. Allowing ice chips to slowly dissolve over the sores will temporarily numb the area and may reduce the inflammation. Advertisement
  3. 3 Make an antibacterial salt water rinse. Osmosis occurs when the inside of a cell has a lower salt content than the outside. Water, or excess fluid, is drawn out of the cell and swelling goes down, easing discomfort.
    • Salt is an antiseptic, so it will help to keep the area free of bacteria to promote healing.
    • Try a baking soda rinse instead, using 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water.
  4. 4 Make a rinse using dried sage. Sage has long been used in ancient cultures for cleansing and healing of mouth ailments. Mix 2 teaspoons dried sage with 4–8 ounces of fresh water and boil for 10 minutes. Let it cool, then swish the rinse in your mouth for one minute. Spit it out and rinse your mouth with cold water.
    • Alternatively,combine a handful of fresh sage with 4–8 ounces of water. Store in an airtight glass jar in a cool dark place for 24 hours. Remove the sage and swish only the infused water in your mouth for one minute.
  5. 5 Make a soothing aloe rinse. Aloe’s sunburn-soothing properties are well known, but this plant can also ease the pain of a canker sore. Mix 1 teaspoon of natural aloe vera gel with 1 tablespoon of water and swish it in your mouth three times a day.
    • Be sure to use natural aloe vera gel.
    • Try using aloe vera juice as a rinse.
  6. 6 Use healing coconut oil. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory, which not only helps with healing, but may reduce pain. Use a cotton swab or clean hands to apply a liberal amount of coconut oil directly onto the mouth ulcer to ease pain and encourage healing.
    • If the oil melts too quickly and slides off, you may not be using enough.
    • If you’re still having trouble keeping the oil on the sore, add ½ teaspoon of beeswax to thicken to a paste.
    • Chew on fresh or dried coconut to achieve a similar pain-reducing effect.
  7. 7 Make a cayenne pepper “cream.” Cayenne contains capsaicin, a natural chemical that lends the cayenne its “spiciness.” Capsaicin inhibits Substance P, a neurochemical that controls your body’s pain responses. Add warm water to a small amount of ground cayenne pepper to make a thick paste and apply to the sore.
    • Use this paste two to three times daily for pain relief.
    • Cayenne pepper also promotes saliva production, which can promote oral health and aid in healing the sore.
  8. 8 Chew on anti-inflammatory basil leaves. Research has shown that chewing basil leaves is an effective anti-inflammatory, which may mean that it can reduce swelling and pain of mouth ulcers. To ease pain, chew four to five basil leaves four times a day.
    • Chewing clove buds and swishing the juice around the ulcer may help, too.
  9. 9 Make a clove oil cotton ball. Clove oil has been shown to numb tissue as well as benzocaine, the topical anesthetic that most dentists use for minor dental procedures. Soak a cotton ball in a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and four to five drops of clove essential oil and apply directly to the sore for five to eight minutes for pain relief.
    • Rinse your mouth out with warm water before and after this treatment so that oil can be fully effective.
    • Clove oil has a strong taste that some users find unpleasant, and accidental ingestion of too much oil can have side effects.
  10. 10 Apply a soothing chamomile compress. Chamomile tea contains bisabolol, or levomenol, a naturally-occurring chemical compound which can reduce inflammation and, thus, pain. Soak one bag of chamomile tea in warm water for one minute, then place it directly against the sore for five to 10 minutes twice a day.
    • Chamomile has been found to soothe the digestive tract and ease gastrointestinal issues, which may be an underlying cause of mouth ulcers.
    • You can also try a compress of fresh sage. Combine a handful of fresh sage with 4–8 ounces of water. Store in an airtight glass jar in a cool dark place overnight. Remove the sage and use a mortar and pestle to mash the leaves to a pulp. Apply this mash directly over the sore for five minutes.
    • Always rinse your mouth with plain cold water after applying compresses or herbs.
  11. 11 Make a numbing spray using essential oils. Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties, and peppermint and eucalyptus may also work as antimicrobial agents to reduce your chances of infection. Additionally, they may reduce swelling due to the astringent nature of these oils, which tightens the surrounding tissues.
    • Combine 2 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil, 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, eight drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a mister bottle. Cap and shake well before use.
    • Spray the mist, as needed, directly onto the canker sore for pain relief.
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  1. 1 Ask your doctor or pharmacist for suggestions. Your doctor knows your medical history and can discuss your options based on your particular situation. Pharmacists are experts in medication and chemistry and can discuss over-the-counter options for pain relief.
    • Always contact your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication for non-approved purposes, even if it seems safe.
    • Be sure to keep all of the safety and information documents that come with your purchase, so that you can check for side effects and dosages.
  2. 2 Apply Milk of Magnesia directly to your canker sore. Milk of Magnesia may provide some pain relief if you apply some to your canker sore a few times a day, as needed. You can also try holding the Milk of Magnesia or Maalox in your mouth to wash and coat the sore for some relief of swelling and inflammation.
    • You can also try brushing your teeth using a soft brush and toothpaste free of foaming agents, such as Biotene or Sensodyne. ProNamel.
  3. 3 Try topical benzocaine. This numbing medication is sometimes used to ease the pain when a baby is teething, though the FDA now recommends against it. If you follow the dosages correctly, however, you can also use the gel on a canker sore to numb the pain.
    • During application to your mouth or gums, avoid swallowing the medication.
    • After application, you should avoid eating for an hour.
    • There is a risk for a rare but life-threatening side effect of this kind of medication called methemoglobinemia, This condition reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood stream to dangerously low levels.
  4. 4 Apply an approved over-the-counter medicine containing pain-relieving ingredients. These drug ingredients have been approved for pain relief and may help ease your pain quickly. They may even help with healing, if applied soon after the appearance of a mouth ulcer.
    • Benzocaine-containing products numb the area temporarily, easing discomfort.
    • Fluocinonide is an anti-inflammatory that may help with pain relief as the inflammation is reduced.
    • Hydrogen peroxide, as an ingredient in medicine, works as an antimicrobial agent, preventing infection and promoting healing, although it should never be used alone.
  5. 5 Ask your doctor for prescription mouth rinse to heal the sore. Contact your doctor if you’re having trouble brushing your teeth or eating because of the pain of a mouth ulcer. She can prescribe a medicated substance to put on the sore to help the healing process, which will also alleviate your pain.
    • Antimicrobial mouthwashes help kill bacteria, viruses or fungi that could infect the ulcer. Keeping your mouth clean will help the ulcer to heal and will lessen the pain.
    • Benzydamine, available as a mouthwash or spray, offers local anaesthetic (numbing) and anti-inflammatory properties for pain relief. Note that this mouthwash should not be used for children under 12 years of age and you shouldn’t use it for more than 7 days.
  6. 6 Ask your doctor for a more powerful medication if you have several sores. These medications for mouth ulcers are usually a last resort, but your doctor may prescribe a mouth rinse containing corticosteroid. These medications are anti-inflammatories and can offer powerful pain relief.
    • These medications may not be safe for children under 12.
    • Ask your doctor about the potentially serious side effects of corticosteroids.
  7. 7 Talk with your doctor about a cautery of your sore. If your ulcer is extremely large and or painful, you and your doctor may consider a cautery. For this procedure, an instrument or chemical substance is used to burn, sear or destroy the tissue to potentially reduce healing time.
    • Debacterol, a topical solution created to treat canker sores and gum problems, may reduce healing time to about a week.
    • Silver nitrate, another chemical solution, may not speed the healing process, but can ease the pain of a mouth ulcer.
  8. Advertisement

  1. 1 Talk with your doctor about your health and diet choices that may be causing your mouth ulcer. Knowing the underlying causes may help you find the best pain remedy, as well as help you to prevent future canker sores.
    • Sodium lauryl sulfate, an ingredient in many toothpastes and mouth rinses, may cause a reaction in your mouth which leads to a canker sore.
    • Food sensitivities to things like chocolate, coffee, strawberries, eggs, nuts, cheese, and spicy or acidic foods or a diet lacking in vitamin B-12, zinc, folate (folic acid) or iron may cause canker sores.
  2. 2 Protect your mouth from traumatic injury. Minor, localized injuries to your mouth, such as biting the inside of your cheek, a sports accident, or brushing your teeth too vigorously, may inflame the tissue and cause an ulcer.
    • Wear a mouthguard during contact sports to prevent accidental cheek biting or other damage from your teeth.
    • Use only a toothbrush with a soft head to brush your teeth.
  3. 3 Talk with your doctor about your overall health. Some diseases and conditions, such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Behcet’s disease, and various autoimmune disorders may make you more prone to mouth ulcers. Ask your doctor for more ways to prevent mouth ulcers in your circumstances.
  4. 4 Make a wax “cap” for sharp teeth or dental devices. Sometimes a misaligned or sharp tooth, or dental implements such as braces or dentures, rub against the inside of your cheek, irritating your canker sore. A homemade wax “cap” can protect ease the pain by protecting the sore from that friction.
    • Melt 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 2 teaspoons of coconut oil together. After it has cooled, press a small amount over the area of your tooth or dental devices that rubs the sore.
    • If you have braces, use enough wax that it creates an actual barrier, rather than just pushed into and around the brace.
  5. 5 Visit your dentist to repair a sharp tooth or filling. If the canker sore has been caused by a sharp tooth or filling irritating the inside of your cheek, you should feel relief as soon as you seek treatment.
    • Your dentist will tell you if you are a candidate for recontouring. If your enamel is too thin, any filing may cause sensitivity to temperature that may be painful.
    • Your dentist can “recontour” your teeth by removing tiny bits of enamel with a sanding disc or a fine diamond burr. He or she will shape and smooth the sides with sandpaper, and then will polish your tooth or teeth.
  6. 6 Reduce your stress, Some research shows an increase in canker sores as stress levels increase. Try adding relaxing activities to your routine such as yoga, meditation, or exercise,
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  • Question Is it possible for the canker sore to grow larger? Dr. Chris M. Matsko is a retired physician based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With over 25 years of medical research experience, Dr. Matsko was awarded the Pittsburgh Cornell University Leadership Award for Excellence. He holds a BS in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and an MD from the Temple University School of Medicine in 2007. Family Medicine Physician Expert Answer Yes, it is possible for a sore to grow larger in size. If you are having bleeding or it is getting bigger, I would seek out the attention of a medical professional.
  • Question How long do canker sores last? Dr. Chris M. Matsko is a retired physician based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With over 25 years of medical research experience, Dr. Matsko was awarded the Pittsburgh Cornell University Leadership Award for Excellence. He holds a BS in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and an MD from the Temple University School of Medicine in 2007. Family Medicine Physician Expert Answer Although they are painful, canker sores are not long-lasting. They tend to clear up in a week or two.

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  • Get plenty of rest; sleep has long been known to help the healing process. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
  • Avoid chewing gum, as it may irritate the surrounding tissue and cause the sore to become further inflamed. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
  • Avoid foods and beverages which may be causing your canker sore, or may further irritate it. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!

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  • Don’t pick at or bite the ulcer; it will only irritate the tissue and cause further pain and a longer recovery time. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
  • Ulcers lasting more than three weeks may be a sign of a more serious problem. Call your doctor if a sore lasts longer than three weeks. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
  • Read all warning on any medications as some are not safe for children, or women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
  • Some web sites encourage the use of lemons to alleviate the pain of ulcers, but most research shows that the citric acid of the fruit does more harm than good. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
  • If your ulcer does not cause pain but remains in your mouth for more than a few days, contact your doctor soon, as it may be a sign of oral cancer. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!

Advertisement Article Summary X To stop a mouth ulcer from hurting, apply an ice pack to the location of the ulcer to temporarily numb the area and reduce the inflammation. Additionally, try mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with half a cup of warm water and using this to rinse your mouth, since it will reduce swelling and keep the area free of bacteria.

How do you get rid of a sore mouth after eating?

Home remedies for mouth sores – Assuming you have none of the above issues, you may choose to treat your canker sores at home with natural products. Here are a variety of ideas to try if you want to reduce pain, soothe inflammation and keep the area clean: Our natural remedies to reduce mouth pain

Warm salt water: gargle several times a day for pain relief. Lemon juice : this will sting at first but can offer relief as lemons have anti-inflammatory properties. Apply it with a cotton bud 4 times a day. Ice cubes : the cold will reduce the inflammation and the pain. Liquorice : it can relieve burns and is an excellent healing and anti-inflammatory agent. It presents in the form of a patch you can stick directly over the ulcer in your mouth. Don’t worry – the patch does not prevent you from speaking or eating. Black tea : rich in tannins, black tea has analgesic properties. Apply a damp teabag that has been soaked in boiled water and then cooled, and leave it for a few minutes. Cider vinegar : using a cotton bud, apply a little cider vinegar directly onto the canker sore. Sweet bay essential oil : take a cotton bud dipped in a drop of sweet bay essential oil diluted with a little olive oil and rub it directly onto the mouth ulcer. Tea Tree essential oil : apply using a cotton bud 3 times a day, but for no more than 3 days. Clay : with the help of a cotton bud, spread some green clay over the area and leave it for as long as possible. Propolis : this substance that is gathered by bees contains components that are anti-inflammatory, healing, antiseptic, anaesthetic and purifying. You can chew on a bar of propolis and keep it in your mouth for as long as possible. You can also apply a propolis oil solution to the area and massage it or use it as a mouth wash.

The best treatment for mouth ulcers will vary from one person to another, so try a few and see which ones help you. Essential oils are not safe for some people to use and should be properly diluted. Only use these if you understand the risks and know how to use them correctly.

How to get rid of a canker sore in your mouth?

Download Article Download Article Mouth ulcers, or canker sores, are inflamed circular or oval patches inside the mouth. Also called aphthous ulcers, they are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. Unlike cold sores, canker sores don’t occur on the surface of your lips and they aren’t contagious.

  1. 1 Decide how long you can wait for pain relief. Some natural remedies are quick and easy to make using ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Others, while easy, may either require ingredients only available at specialty food stores or may take time to prepare.
    • Try various home remedies until you find the ones that work for you.
    • Be aware of any food allergies or other sensitivities you may have before trying any home remedies. You may also wish to run it by your doctor before you try a home remedy.
  2. 2 Apply ice to the location of the ulcer. This method is the fastest way to pain relief, although the relief may be temporary. Allowing ice chips to slowly dissolve over the sores will temporarily numb the area and may reduce the inflammation. Advertisement
  3. 3 Make an antibacterial salt water rinse. Osmosis occurs when the inside of a cell has a lower salt content than the outside. Water, or excess fluid, is drawn out of the cell and swelling goes down, easing discomfort.
    • Salt is an antiseptic, so it will help to keep the area free of bacteria to promote healing.
    • Try a baking soda rinse instead, using 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water.
  4. 4 Make a rinse using dried sage. Sage has long been used in ancient cultures for cleansing and healing of mouth ailments. Mix 2 teaspoons dried sage with 4–8 ounces of fresh water and boil for 10 minutes. Let it cool, then swish the rinse in your mouth for one minute. Spit it out and rinse your mouth with cold water.
    • Alternatively,combine a handful of fresh sage with 4–8 ounces of water. Store in an airtight glass jar in a cool dark place for 24 hours. Remove the sage and swish only the infused water in your mouth for one minute.
  5. 5 Make a soothing aloe rinse. Aloe’s sunburn-soothing properties are well known, but this plant can also ease the pain of a canker sore. Mix 1 teaspoon of natural aloe vera gel with 1 tablespoon of water and swish it in your mouth three times a day.
    • Be sure to use natural aloe vera gel.
    • Try using aloe vera juice as a rinse.
  6. 6 Use healing coconut oil. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory, which not only helps with healing, but may reduce pain. Use a cotton swab or clean hands to apply a liberal amount of coconut oil directly onto the mouth ulcer to ease pain and encourage healing.
    • If the oil melts too quickly and slides off, you may not be using enough.
    • If you’re still having trouble keeping the oil on the sore, add ½ teaspoon of beeswax to thicken to a paste.
    • Chew on fresh or dried coconut to achieve a similar pain-reducing effect.
  7. 7 Make a cayenne pepper “cream.” Cayenne contains capsaicin, a natural chemical that lends the cayenne its “spiciness.” Capsaicin inhibits Substance P, a neurochemical that controls your body’s pain responses. Add warm water to a small amount of ground cayenne pepper to make a thick paste and apply to the sore.
    • Use this paste two to three times daily for pain relief.
    • Cayenne pepper also promotes saliva production, which can promote oral health and aid in healing the sore.
  8. 8 Chew on anti-inflammatory basil leaves. Research has shown that chewing basil leaves is an effective anti-inflammatory, which may mean that it can reduce swelling and pain of mouth ulcers. To ease pain, chew four to five basil leaves four times a day.
    • Chewing clove buds and swishing the juice around the ulcer may help, too.
  9. 9 Make a clove oil cotton ball. Clove oil has been shown to numb tissue as well as benzocaine, the topical anesthetic that most dentists use for minor dental procedures. Soak a cotton ball in a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and four to five drops of clove essential oil and apply directly to the sore for five to eight minutes for pain relief.
    • Rinse your mouth out with warm water before and after this treatment so that oil can be fully effective.
    • Clove oil has a strong taste that some users find unpleasant, and accidental ingestion of too much oil can have side effects.
  10. 10 Apply a soothing chamomile compress. Chamomile tea contains bisabolol, or levomenol, a naturally-occurring chemical compound which can reduce inflammation and, thus, pain. Soak one bag of chamomile tea in warm water for one minute, then place it directly against the sore for five to 10 minutes twice a day.
    • Chamomile has been found to soothe the digestive tract and ease gastrointestinal issues, which may be an underlying cause of mouth ulcers.
    • You can also try a compress of fresh sage. Combine a handful of fresh sage with 4–8 ounces of water. Store in an airtight glass jar in a cool dark place overnight. Remove the sage and use a mortar and pestle to mash the leaves to a pulp. Apply this mash directly over the sore for five minutes.
    • Always rinse your mouth with plain cold water after applying compresses or herbs.
  11. 11 Make a numbing spray using essential oils. Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties, and peppermint and eucalyptus may also work as antimicrobial agents to reduce your chances of infection. Additionally, they may reduce swelling due to the astringent nature of these oils, which tightens the surrounding tissues.
    • Combine 2 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil, 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, eight drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a mister bottle. Cap and shake well before use.
    • Spray the mist, as needed, directly onto the canker sore for pain relief.
  12. Advertisement

  1. 1 Ask your doctor or pharmacist for suggestions. Your doctor knows your medical history and can discuss your options based on your particular situation. Pharmacists are experts in medication and chemistry and can discuss over-the-counter options for pain relief.
    • Always contact your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication for non-approved purposes, even if it seems safe.
    • Be sure to keep all of the safety and information documents that come with your purchase, so that you can check for side effects and dosages.
  2. 2 Apply Milk of Magnesia directly to your canker sore. Milk of Magnesia may provide some pain relief if you apply some to your canker sore a few times a day, as needed. You can also try holding the Milk of Magnesia or Maalox in your mouth to wash and coat the sore for some relief of swelling and inflammation.
    • You can also try brushing your teeth using a soft brush and toothpaste free of foaming agents, such as Biotene or Sensodyne. ProNamel.
  3. 3 Try topical benzocaine. This numbing medication is sometimes used to ease the pain when a baby is teething, though the FDA now recommends against it. If you follow the dosages correctly, however, you can also use the gel on a canker sore to numb the pain.
    • During application to your mouth or gums, avoid swallowing the medication.
    • After application, you should avoid eating for an hour.
    • There is a risk for a rare but life-threatening side effect of this kind of medication called methemoglobinemia, This condition reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood stream to dangerously low levels.
  4. 4 Apply an approved over-the-counter medicine containing pain-relieving ingredients. These drug ingredients have been approved for pain relief and may help ease your pain quickly. They may even help with healing, if applied soon after the appearance of a mouth ulcer.
    • Benzocaine-containing products numb the area temporarily, easing discomfort.
    • Fluocinonide is an anti-inflammatory that may help with pain relief as the inflammation is reduced.
    • Hydrogen peroxide, as an ingredient in medicine, works as an antimicrobial agent, preventing infection and promoting healing, although it should never be used alone.
  5. 5 Ask your doctor for prescription mouth rinse to heal the sore. Contact your doctor if you’re having trouble brushing your teeth or eating because of the pain of a mouth ulcer. She can prescribe a medicated substance to put on the sore to help the healing process, which will also alleviate your pain.
    • Antimicrobial mouthwashes help kill bacteria, viruses or fungi that could infect the ulcer. Keeping your mouth clean will help the ulcer to heal and will lessen the pain.
    • Benzydamine, available as a mouthwash or spray, offers local anaesthetic (numbing) and anti-inflammatory properties for pain relief. Note that this mouthwash should not be used for children under 12 years of age and you shouldn’t use it for more than 7 days.
  6. 6 Ask your doctor for a more powerful medication if you have several sores. These medications for mouth ulcers are usually a last resort, but your doctor may prescribe a mouth rinse containing corticosteroid. These medications are anti-inflammatories and can offer powerful pain relief.
    • These medications may not be safe for children under 12.
    • Ask your doctor about the potentially serious side effects of corticosteroids.
  7. 7 Talk with your doctor about a cautery of your sore. If your ulcer is extremely large and or painful, you and your doctor may consider a cautery. For this procedure, an instrument or chemical substance is used to burn, sear or destroy the tissue to potentially reduce healing time.
    • Debacterol, a topical solution created to treat canker sores and gum problems, may reduce healing time to about a week.
    • Silver nitrate, another chemical solution, may not speed the healing process, but can ease the pain of a mouth ulcer.
  8. Advertisement

  1. 1 Talk with your doctor about your health and diet choices that may be causing your mouth ulcer. Knowing the underlying causes may help you find the best pain remedy, as well as help you to prevent future canker sores.
    • Sodium lauryl sulfate, an ingredient in many toothpastes and mouth rinses, may cause a reaction in your mouth which leads to a canker sore.
    • Food sensitivities to things like chocolate, coffee, strawberries, eggs, nuts, cheese, and spicy or acidic foods or a diet lacking in vitamin B-12, zinc, folate (folic acid) or iron may cause canker sores.
  2. 2 Protect your mouth from traumatic injury. Minor, localized injuries to your mouth, such as biting the inside of your cheek, a sports accident, or brushing your teeth too vigorously, may inflame the tissue and cause an ulcer.
    • Wear a mouthguard during contact sports to prevent accidental cheek biting or other damage from your teeth.
    • Use only a toothbrush with a soft head to brush your teeth.
  3. 3 Talk with your doctor about your overall health. Some diseases and conditions, such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Behcet’s disease, and various autoimmune disorders may make you more prone to mouth ulcers. Ask your doctor for more ways to prevent mouth ulcers in your circumstances.
  4. 4 Make a wax “cap” for sharp teeth or dental devices. Sometimes a misaligned or sharp tooth, or dental implements such as braces or dentures, rub against the inside of your cheek, irritating your canker sore. A homemade wax “cap” can protect ease the pain by protecting the sore from that friction.
    • Melt 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 2 teaspoons of coconut oil together. After it has cooled, press a small amount over the area of your tooth or dental devices that rubs the sore.
    • If you have braces, use enough wax that it creates an actual barrier, rather than just pushed into and around the brace.
  5. 5 Visit your dentist to repair a sharp tooth or filling. If the canker sore has been caused by a sharp tooth or filling irritating the inside of your cheek, you should feel relief as soon as you seek treatment.
    • Your dentist will tell you if you are a candidate for recontouring. If your enamel is too thin, any filing may cause sensitivity to temperature that may be painful.
    • Your dentist can “recontour” your teeth by removing tiny bits of enamel with a sanding disc or a fine diamond burr. He or she will shape and smooth the sides with sandpaper, and then will polish your tooth or teeth.
  6. 6 Reduce your stress, Some research shows an increase in canker sores as stress levels increase. Try adding relaxing activities to your routine such as yoga, meditation, or exercise,
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  • Question Is it possible for the canker sore to grow larger? Dr. Chris M. Matsko is a retired physician based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With over 25 years of medical research experience, Dr. Matsko was awarded the Pittsburgh Cornell University Leadership Award for Excellence. He holds a BS in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and an MD from the Temple University School of Medicine in 2007. Family Medicine Physician Expert Answer Yes, it is possible for a sore to grow larger in size. If you are having bleeding or it is getting bigger, I would seek out the attention of a medical professional.
  • Question How long do canker sores last? Dr. Chris M. Matsko is a retired physician based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With over 25 years of medical research experience, Dr. Matsko was awarded the Pittsburgh Cornell University Leadership Award for Excellence. He holds a BS in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and an MD from the Temple University School of Medicine in 2007. Family Medicine Physician Expert Answer Although they are painful, canker sores are not long-lasting. They tend to clear up in a week or two.

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  • Get plenty of rest; sleep has long been known to help the healing process. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
  • Avoid chewing gum, as it may irritate the surrounding tissue and cause the sore to become further inflamed. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
  • Avoid foods and beverages which may be causing your canker sore, or may further irritate it. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!

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  • Don’t pick at or bite the ulcer; it will only irritate the tissue and cause further pain and a longer recovery time. As a small thank you, we’d like to offer you a $30 gift card (valid at GoNift.com). Use it to try out great new products and services nationwide without paying full price—wine, food delivery, clothing and more. Enjoy!
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Advertisement Article Summary X To stop a mouth ulcer from hurting, apply an ice pack to the location of the ulcer to temporarily numb the area and reduce the inflammation. Additionally, try mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with half a cup of warm water and using this to rinse your mouth, since it will reduce swelling and keep the area free of bacteria.

Can I use clove oil for mouth ulcers?

Mouth ulcers can appear at any time and often for no apparent reason. Although over-the-counter treatments are available, home remedies may also reduce the pain and irritation and promote healing. Here are some suggestions on how to get rid of mouth ulcers naturally.

  1. Remember to consult your dentist if you have concerns about your oral health, as home treatments do not replace professional care.1.
  2. Salt Water A salt water rinse may help dry out mouth ulcers,
  3. Dissolve one teaspoon of regular household salt in half a cup of warm water and swirl the solution around your mouth for 15 to 30 seconds before spitting it out.

You can continue to rinse with salt water every few hours if needed.2. Clove Oil Mouth ulcers can be painful, and clove oil has been known to provide relief for mouth pain. A study published in Contemporary Clinical Dentistry reports that a herbal dental gel made primarily of clove oil successfully manages pain when applied to the irritated part of the mouth.

  • You can buy a bottle of clove oil at your local pharmacy.3.
  • Zinc Supplements Deficiencies in iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 or zinc can cause mouth ulcers.
  • Taking zinc supplements may reduce the frequency of your mouth ulcers and boost your immune system.
  • When taking zinc supplements, always follow the supplier’s directions.4.

Aloe Vera Aloe vera may reduce the pain caused by mouth ulcers and speed up the healing process. Apply gel from the plant directly to the mouth ulcer or drink aloe vera juice. Aloe vera may also treat other oral ailments, like chapped lips and cold sores.5.

  1. Coconut Oil Coconut oil is antimicrobial and fights against some of the harmful strains of bacteria in the mouth.
  2. Swishing a tablespoon of coconut, sesame or other edible oil in the mouth is an ancient practice known as oil pulling.
  3. A study published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine finds that swishing coconut oil daily reduces plaque and that the oil’s lauric acid helps with sores.6.

Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy for a variety of ailments. Its ability to destroy bacteria may help clear up your mouth ulcer. However, the vinegar may sting when it comes in contact with the ulcer, so try another remedy if you’re experiencing pain.

  • Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into one cup of water and rinse with the solution for 30 seconds to one minute.
  • After spitting, rinse your mouth with plain water to prevent the vinegar from damaging your tooth enamel.
  • Only rinse with apple cider vinegar once a day.
  • When you’re looking for how to get rid of mouth ulcers naturally, you’ll see there are a variety of treatments available.

What works for one person may not work for another, so don’t be afraid to try different natural remedies. If your ulcer doesn’t heal or it worsens, see your dentist or doctor for professional care.7. Over-the-Counter Solutions Luckily, there are mouth ulcer treatment products to help with the healing process and to dull the pain.

One of the common pain relief methods for mouth ulcer treatment is swishing your mouth with an antibacterial rinse. We recommend using Colgate Peroxyl Medicated Mouthwash, Alcohol-free formulas not only cleanse the mouth but also soothe the irritation, even in sensitive mouths. These formulas can provide a refreshing flavour and most dentists recommend that they contain hydrogen peroxide.

You can also apply a special paste to cover the sore to provide protection and promote healing. You will feel automatic relief as the analgesic benzocaine starts to work.

What is the best natural remedy for mouth ulcers?

  • Coconut milk is a good medicine for ulcers.
  • Coriander leaves boiled in water are one simple remedy for mouth ulcers.
  • Gargle with one glass of cold/chilled water and one glass of lukewarm water alternatively.
  • Take one cup of fenugreek leaves and boil them in two cups of water.
  • Boil one cup of water and add one teaspoon of coriander seeds in it.

How to cure mouth ulcers fast with 10 home remedies?

  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater
  • Drink cold fluids instead of hot drinks like coffee or tea
  • Eat popsicles
  • Numb the sore with an ice cube or suck on ice
  • Eat soft,bland foods
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
  • Apply a thin paste of baking soda and water to the blister
  • Apply hydrogen peroxide and water to the blister

How painful is a mouth ulcer?

Mouth ulcers can cause a lot of trouble. From having trouble eating and drinking to speaking, it can make your life miserable. Also, known as mouth sores and canker sores, these can be a pain. You can treat them easily, but before that, getting to know the causes of mouth ulcers can help you deal with the problem in a better way.

What are home remedies for mouth sores?

Salt Water and Sodium Bicarbonate – Saline (salt water) and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can help cankers heal faster by reducing acid levels in your mouth. This creates an environment that makes it harder for bacteria to grow, which can help the healing process.

  • Saltwater rinses can also promote healthy gums.
  • How to Make a Salt Water Rinse Never put salt directly on an ulcer.
  • Instead, make a saltwater solution by mixing one teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water.
  • Swish it in your mouth or gargle it for about 30 seconds, then spit it out.
  • It may sting at first.

Putting salt directly on a canker sore can make it worse. Instead, make a saltwater solution and gently rinse your mouth with it. How to Make a Baking Soda Paste Mix a little baking soda with a small amount of water until it thickens. Put the paste on your canker sore(s).