Mouth ulcers are quite common and irritating. These painful, open sores are white in color, surrounded by an inflamed red border. More often than not, they appear on the inside of the cheeks, lips, under the tongue, and on the floor of the mouth.

They can be caused by a number of factors like food triggers, constipation, hereditary factors, hormonal changes, excess acidity, accidental cheek bites, stress, and deficiencies of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, iron, or other nutrients.

How to Remove a Mouth Ulcer

1

Use a saline rinse. Rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution can help disinfect your mouth ulcer, keeping it clean from the bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth and preventing aggravation.

Mix a teaspoon or two of salt with a warm glass of water. The exact ratio isn’t important, as long as you’re not using so much salt that you can’t keep the water in your mouth. If you don’t have salt handy, or you can’t handle the taste, use a pinch of baking soda instead.

Hold the saline solution in your mouth, and swish from side to side.

Spit the solution into the sink. Don’t swallow it — otherwise, you’ll find yourself dehydrated.

Repeat a few times a day. It’s a good idea to do it again after meals and before you go to bed.

Apply some honey on the ulcer. It may sting a bit when you apply it. But it it is quite effective.

2

Dab the sore with hydrogen peroxide. Like a saline rinse, hydrogen peroxide can disinfect the ulcer.

Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with an equal volume of water. You won’t need much for this treatment — a quarter-cup of each should do it.

Dip a cotton swab in the solution, and dab it over the sore. Once you’ve done the initial clean-up, dip a fresh swab and hold it to the sore for a few seconds.

Don’t swallow the solution. Hydrogen peroxide isn’t meant to be swallowed — make sure you’re using just enough solution to wet the cotton swab.

Repeat once or twice a day. Try to do this morning and night.

3

Suck on ice chips. The cold can reduce the swelling of the sore, as well as numbing the pain. If you can, use your tongue to hold a chip directly against the sore.

Carry around a cup of chips, if you can. Keep them in a coffee thermos or a styrofoam cup to prevent rapid melting, and use them throughout the day.

Drink cold water. If ice chips are too cold for you, try to at least drink cool water throughout the day.

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Mouth ulcers are quite common and irritating. These painful, open sores are white in color, surrounded by an inflamed red border. More often than not, they appear on the inside of the cheeks, lips, under the tongue, and on the floor of the mouth. They can be caused by a...