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How to Heal Mouth Sores: Causes And Home Remedies
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Nearly 80 percent of Americans have experienced mouth sores at some point in their life.
This common ailment can develop on the soft tissues inside of the mouth, including the gums, lips, tongue, roof of the mouth and floor of the mouth. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and include redness, inflammation, and pain.
Drinking and eating may make symptoms worse. The size and location of the sores may make it difficult to swallow, breathe, drink, or eat. Thankfully, the causes of these sores are generally mild, and healing mouth sores is simple.
A variety of factors can cause mouth sores, some serious and some mild. The vast majority of people suffer from mouth sores that are known as aphthous ulcers or canker sores.
These are shallow but painful sores that typically develop during times of stress, infection, or when the immune system weakens. Deficiencies in specific B vitamins, folic acid, iron, and zinc can also cause canker sores.
Tomatoes and food allergies cause mild mouth sores. While it’s certainly possible for food allergies to cause these ulcers, it’s highly unlikely that vegetables are the root cause of gentle wounds like canker sores.
Injuries to the mouth can also cause sores. Less common causes include certain systemic and autoimmune diseases, such as Behcet’s Syndrome, Chron’s, systemic lupus erythematosus, and HIV/AIDS can lead to mouth sores. In rare cases, this problem the first sign of oral cancer.
Mouth Sores Conventional Treatment Options
Conventional treatments for mouth sores include pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, or steroid gels.
The treatment that your doctor recommends will depend on the root cause of your mouth sores.
If bacteria or fungus are causing the sores, antibiotics, or other medications may be prescribed.
Over-the-counter pain medications may be recommended to eliminate any discomfort caused by the sores.
Healing Mouth Sores with Home Remedies
Most minor mouth sores will go away on their own within 14 days. In some cases, they can last up to six weeks.
To alleviate the pain and discomfort of these ulcers, try the following home remedies:
Gargle with saltwater. This is one of the oldest and most effective home remedies for canker sores. The salt kills and washes away germs while also helping your wounds heal quickly. Dissolve a ½ tsp of salt in one cup of warm water, gargle, and spit out the mixture.
Apply a baking soda and water paste to the sore.
Change your diet. This is not a quick fix for this problem, but it can help prevent them from recurring in the future. If nutritional deficiencies cause your mouth sores, you may need to supplement specific vitamins and minerals. Making changes to your diet can also help ensure that you receive all of the daily nutrients you need.
Avoid spicy and citrus-based foods if you have a mouth sore as these foods can irritate the ulcer and cause you more pain.
Eating ice pops and other cold foods may help alleviate the pain and reduce inflammation.