The occurrence of canker sores is a common oral issue for many people, and although there aren’t any serious health consequences, they can be really annoying and painful and become a sign of many chronic health conditions.
They can be treated really quickly without the use of any pharmaceutical drugs and only by using the ingredients already present in your kitchen.
Canker sores are in fact small ulcers that can occur in certain areas of the oral cavity like the inside of the lips, tongue, cheeks, or gums. Yet, be aware of the fact that this medical condition is not contagious and can be treated without the implementation of a medical treatment. The full recovery will be finished after one or two weeks of treatment.
Note that even though this is not a serious health condition it can be a manifestation of other severe health concerns.
Reasons for the Occurrence of Canker Sores
There is still no determined scientific evidence for the real cause of the appearance of mouth ulcers. However, commonly recognized risk factors are drug use, stress, food allergy, poor immune system, genetics, or smoking cessation.
If canker sores are persistent issue for you, then the American Academy of Oral Medicine suggests that you should closely monitor the things and elements that surround you that might directly or indirectly trigger this disease. In this way you will see if there is some food or habit that triggers the occurrence of canker sores.
Aside some of the habits and foods that can be the triggers of this condition, certain chronic conditions can be the reason for their occurrence. Those include Crohn’s disease, B12 vitamins shortage, deficiency of mineral salts such as iron, zinc, or iron or folic acid, hormonal changes or a symptom of a viral infection (gastrointestinal disease).
When canker sores are a reason for worry?
As mentioned before canker sores do not require special medical treatment, but they can be a sign of great concern in following cases:
- In case of bleeding or wide canker sores.
- If they are not treated after a 3-week period.
- If the ulcers blush and turn to be even more painful, then this could be an indication of an infection.
- If there are symptoms like stomach pain, irritation of the eyes, the appearances of wounds on the skin, fever, or fatigue.
The Removal of Canker Sores in the Mouth
Here it is how to combine the following ingredients and thus treat these mouth ulcers.
- 1 glass of mineral water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 glass of warm water
This treatment is done in two steps:
Step 1 – Combine the salt with the glass of water and with this solution rinse the mouth cavity. This mouthwash with salt water should be used several times a day, and in that way soothe the pain and thus allow treatment of the wound.
Step 2 – Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water and consume it prior bedtime. You can as well as try another method by applying freshly squeezed lemon juice on the wounds by using a cotton swab. This will provide you with all its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. In the morning, the canker sores will almost disappear and the pain will be soothed.
Useful Tips for the Treatment of Canker Sores
These steps will be of great help in accelerating the healing process of canker sores:
- Use a softer toothbrush and with it brush your teeth gently
- Avoid the intake of spicy, sweet or acidic dishes while having canker sores
- Consume soft foods
- Avoid chewing gums
- Follow good oral hygiene
People suffering from kidney stones, stomach ulcers, and gastric reflux should not use lemon.
If the canker sore does not disappear after a week of using this treatment, then you should consult a doctor.