Is there a tingling, burning or stinging sensation in your mouth when you eat something hot or spicy? Are there small circular white patches in your mouth that hurt a lot? If yes, then you are suffering from mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers are open lesions that occur in the mouth cavity. They are very common and can occur as a single large lesion or as clusters. These lesions are so painful that even talking and eating becomes difficult for a person. Mouth ulcers can be of two types-simple and complex.
Simple mouth ulcers are common in people of the age group of 10 to 20 years. They occur as lesions and usually disappear on their own in a few days.
Complex mouth ulcers are indicators of ill health of a person. They usually occur in people who recurrently have them.
Although the exact cause of a mouth ulcer is still unknown, a few indicators have been identified as the reasons for these to appear.
Poor dental hygiene is a major cause for such lesions to appear in the mouth. Try to keep your mouth clean by brushing twice daily and rinsing your mouth properly after every meal.
Another common concept is that these lesions are caused to stress or tissue injury. These may be due to an external injury or due to a sharp tooth end or ill-fitting dentures or braces.
Some citrus and acidic fruits too have been known to cause mouth ulcers. Even certain medicines such as painkillers are known to trigger mouth ulcers.
Mouth ulcers are also believed to indicators of an underlying disorder such as vitamin deficiency, gastrointestinal tract diseases or nutritional problems.
The symptoms of mouth ulcer include a slightly stinging sensation caused by a sore patch in the tongue, cheek, inner side of the lips or soft palate. These sores are usually round in shape and are white or grey in the centre and have a red ring outside. In cases of sever mouth ulcer, the pain may be accompanied by fever, lethargy or sluggishness or swollen lymph nodes.
Usually, mouth ulcers disappear as suddenly as they appeared and no medicine is prescribed. They fade out slowly and then there is no pain. But in case the pain is severe, consult a doctor. Nevertheless, there are a number of home remedies that are suggested for treating mouth ulcers.
Washing the lesions with milk: In case of mouth ulcers, milk is used to rinse the lesions. Milk has a cooling effect and it dulls the pain. Also if the lesions are indicative of vitamin deficiency, milk can refurbish the lost nutrients and bring you back to health.
Rinsing the lesion with coconut milk: The same goes for coconut milk too. Freshly prepared coconut milk can bring down the pain and act as a soothing agent.
Chew on tulsi leaves followed by a sip of water is recommended by many mothers to heal mouth ulcers
Eating raw tomatoes too is considered to have a healing effect on mouth ulcers
These are only a few of the many hundred home remedies that are used to subdue the pain of ulcers and cure mouth ulcers. So if you are suffering from mouth ulcers try one of these remedies and see the difference!