Canker sores are irritations of the oral mucosa, which usually occur at the base of the gums, cheeks or tongue. Normally, they disappear after 1-2 weeks, but there are some natural remedies that can get rid of them overnight.
These are not contagious and appear, usually, when you are very stressed or tired or when you bite your tongue, during PMS or if you have food allergies. Acid products, such as orange juice, also favor the appearance of canker sores. If you are experiencing this problem, you may suffer from iron deficiency, vitamin B12 or folic acid.
Natural treatments for canker sores
Alum powder is very effective in treating canker sores overnight. Put a small amount on the affected area, the size of a pea, and let it act for 60 seconds. It has an unpleasant, slightly bitter taste, but it will quickly ease your pain. Be careful not to swallow the alum powder, and to spit all the content after 1 minute, without rinsing your mouth.
Essential oils are also indicated in the treatment of canker sores. Put a drop or two of oregano essential oil on the ulceration and repeat the process as many times as needed.
Aloe Vera juice is another method used to treat canker sores overnight. Simply apply it several times a day. Aloe Vera has antibacterial and antifungal properties, soothes pain and heals canker sores fast. However, don’t abuse of Aloe Vera consumption because it leads to kidney disorders.
Saltwater treats numerous mouth infections, and canker sores make no exception. Add a tablespoon of salt in a cup of hot water and rinse your mouth several times, holding the water for 30 seconds in your mouth each rinse.
Or you can decrease the alkalinity in your mouth with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of hot water. Rinse your mouth several times a day. You can also try to prepare a paste from 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt and water, and then apply it on the canker sore. This mixture reduces bacteria in the mouth and heals the lesions quickly.
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