Canker sores are one of the most common oral problems. Although they have no serious health consequences, they are generally painful and can even be the sign of many chronic diseases. The good news is that they can be treated quickly without medication, with ingredients present in your kitchen. Zoom on these natural tips!
Unlike cold sores that most often appear on the outside of the lips or at the corner of the mouth, canker sores are small ulcers that can appear in certain areas of the oral cavity such as the inside of the lips, inside the cheeks, gums or tongue. However, be aware that canker sores are not contagious and heal without medical treatment, very often after one or two weeks. However, these can also be a sign of more serious health problems.
Causes of the appearance of canker sores:
Even if the causes of canker sores still remain poorly understood, the risk factors for a recurrence of these oral ulcers may be linked to stress, a food allergy, weakened immune system, smoking cessation, to drug use or may simply be purely genetic.
For this purpose, if you regularly suffer from canker sores, the American Academy of Oral Medicine recommends observing the elements which can directly or indirectly trigger this ailment in you. By doing so, you will see if there is any link between for example the consumption of food or a habit in your lifestyle and the appearance of canker sores.
Furthermore, these ulcers can be caused by a chronic disease such as Crohn’s disease and can be a sign of a viral infection (gastrointestinal disease), a deficiency of vitamins B12 or mineral salts (Zinc, Iron or folic acid) or even hormonal changes.
When should you be concerned?
In general, healing of canker sores does not require medical treatment, but they can give rise to concerns in the following cases:
– If you notice that the sores persist beyond 3 weeks
– If you notice certain symptoms such as eye irritation, stomach pain, the appearance of pores on your skin, fatigue, fever.
– If you notice the ulcers blushing and becoming even more painful, it may be an infection.
– If the sores bleed or widen.
How to get rid of canker sores in the mouth
A teaspoon of salt, the juice of a lemon and a glass of mineral water
This tip is done in two very simple steps.
1- Mouthwash with saltwater: The first step is to mix the salt in a glass of warm water, then perform a mouthwash with saltwater. Thus, by using this remedy several times a day, the latter will allow you to relieve the pains and to facilitate the healing of the wound.
2- Lemon juice: The second step is to warm water, spill it in a glass, then squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it. You will drink this lemon water before going to bed. Alternatively, with a cotton swab, you can apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to wounds to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits.
When you wake up, you will probably be surprised to find that the canker sores will have practically disappeared.
Tips to support your natural canker sore treatment:
By following these steps, you will speed up your healing process:
– Opt for a softer toothbrush and brush your teeth gently
– During the period of canker sores, stop eating spicy, sweet or sour dishes.
– Eat soft foods
– Do not chew gum
– Make sure you have good oral hygiene.
Lemon is not recommended for people with stomach ulcers, gastric reflux and kidney stones.
This is a symptomatic treatment, if your canker sore does not disappear after a week, then it is necessary to consult a doctor.