As in Wikipedia,a mouth ulcer,or oral ulcer, or, in American English, canker sore is an open sore inside the mouth, or rarely a break in the mucous membrane or the epithelium on the lips or surrounding the mouth.
Once formed, the ulcer may be maintained by inflammation and/or secondary infection. Two common types of ulcer are aphthous ulcers ("canker sores") and cold sores (fever blisters, oral herpes). Cold sores around the lip are caused by viruses.
The various causes of mouth ulcers are:
.High intake of spicy or acidic food
.Lack of vitamin B2 in the diet
.Poor dental hygiene
.Biting of cheeks or lips
Good oral hygiene may help prevent some types of mouth ulcers, as well as some complications from mouth ulcers. Good oral hygiene includes brushing the teeth at least twice per day, flossing at least daily, and getting regular professional dental cleanings and examinations.
Home remedies are the best and easiest way to cure mouth ulcers that to without any side effects. Some of the effective home remedies which can cure your painful mouth ulcers are:
. Most effective home remedy for mouth ulcer is to chew few holy basil leaves with water twice in a day. This not only treats your ulcers but also prevents bad smell.
. Gargle at least 3-4 times in a day with fresh coconut milk.
. Alternately gargle with cold and hot water.
. Eat lot of raw salad especially raw onions. Onion contains lot of sulfur and it is effective in treating mouth ulcers.
. Drink lot of orange juice as deficiency of Vitamin C can lead to mouth ulcer.
. Eat lot of yogurt, buttermilk and cottage cheese.
. Mix small amount of sodium bicarbonate with water and use this solution as mouth rinse.
. Avoid eating spicy food especially meat, fish or any type of animal protein.
. Avoid eating sharp edged food like dry bread or potato chips. Also avoid lozenges, chewing gums, coffee, tobacco and any food which you think can trigger ulcer formation.
. Apply peppermint oil on the ulcers; this will relieve you from the irritation and pain.
. Thrice a day gently massage your affected gums with honey and coconut milk mixture.
. Until your mouth ulcers are cured make it a point to eat curd and banana daily in morning.
. Apply paste of honey and 1 tsp of powdered root bark of Indian Gooseberry on the affected area.
. Mulberry juice is highly beneficial in treating mouth ulcers.
. Take 1 tsp of coriander seeds in 1 cup of water and boil to make slightly warm. Gargle 3-4 times a day. This is also effective home remedy for mouth ulcers.
. Gargling daily with Listerine prevents bad smell from the mouth and also mouth ulcers cures.
. Application of any toothpaste on the area many times a day gives quick relief from mouth ulcers.
. Daily intake of tomatoes juice is also beneficial for the mouth ulcers treatment.
Even after following these simple home remedies your mouth ulcers are not cured then it is advisable to visit your physician immediately.