Mouth ulcers can provoke acute dental pain which precipitates difficulty during mastication and swallowing of food. Using a homemade mouthwash or concentrating on proper oral hygiene will help to heal and decrease the pain associated due to a mouth ulcer.
An ulcer is painful due to the acidic medium it contains and also due to reactions of digestive enzymes with the damaged soft mucosa. Keeping that in mind, we need to alkalize our oral cavity to negate the acidic medium!
*Warm saline water at least 4-5 times a day. You can add a teaspoon of baking soda to this or just use baking soda with half a cup of warm water. Salt absorbs excess secretions from the ulcer and baking soda, being alkaline, negates the acidic medium killing micro-organisms present there.
*Use hydrogen peroxide (less than or equal to 3% concentration) mixed with warm water. This has an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.
*Boil a tea bag and let it steep in water for 10 mins. Use that tannin-rich, alkaline water as a mouthwash. You can also apply the tea bag on the site of infection. Licorice tea is also a very helpful drink.
*Use 2 teaspoons of dried sage in a glass of boiling water. Use it as a mouthwash at least 2-3 times a day. Sage is effective antibacterial and antiviral agent.
*Use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) as a mouthwash or directly apply it on the sore. This is a laxative but can also be used as an antacid. It's alkalinity aids in neutralizing the acid sore.
*Glycerin may also be used as a mouthwash or to apply directly on the ulcer. This has a soothing effect.
*Aloe vera can promote healing when directly dabbed on the ulcer.
*An antacid tablet can be crushed or placed on the site, allowing it to dissolve there. This will neutralize the acids and the digestive enzymes present there.
*You can cut and press the contents out from a Vitamin E capsule. This promotes healing and prevents infection.
*Clove oil can be diluted and applied, this eases the pain.
*Yoghurt acts as a probiotic. Including it in your daily diet keep your tummy happy and free of bad bacteria.
*Also, maintain a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals to prevent mouth ulcers.
Maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine and take care of yourself to avoid oral diseases of this kind.