A mouth ulcer is the loss or erosion of part of the delicate tissue that lines the inside of the mouth (mucous membrane). Some of the causes include certain drugs, chemicals and infectious diseases such as herpes or thrush. The most common cause is mechanical injury, such as accidentally biting your cheek.
In most cases, mouth ulcers are harmless and resolve by themselves in a few days without the need for medical treatment. Aphthous ulcers are recurring ulcers with no known cause that affect around 20 per cent of the population.
Prevention of Mouth Ulcers
The mouth ulcers can be prevented if proper dental hygiene is maintained. Proper care of the teeth and gums should be taken. The dentist should be visited regularly. Proper type of food should be eaten i.e. food which is rich in vitamin and protein should be consumed on a daily basis.
Intake of fresh fruit, wholegrain bread, iron, potatoes, green vegetables and milk should be increased. The meals should be planned in such a way that one gets to eat at least one of the above mentioned everyday. Too hot food and drinks should be avoided so that no damage is caused to the inner lining of the mouth.
Treatment for Mouth Ulcers
The mouth should be regularly rinsed with iced water to get relief from the ulcers. Washing the mouth prior to meals also helps to a larger extent. Sometimes painkillers can also be taken. People prefer for some home remedies to get rid of the common mouth ulcers.
Antibiotics are administered in case of severe mouth ulcers. But medicines should be given only on the recommendation of the doctor. In case of severe mouth ulcers sometimes local anesthesia is given. Intake of hot food and spicy food should be avoided as it might aggravate the situation. Rubbing the ulcers with hand should be avoided as it might spread the infection.
The mouth ulcers are a result of minor internal injuries. These are caused due to accidental biting of the inner portion of the mouth. Rough toothbrushes are also responsible for the development of mouth ulcers.
Sometimes they are the result of bacterial infection. Anti-bacterial mouthwash can be used to prevent the ulcer from spreading and it also gives temporary relief. Home remedies for Mouth Ulcers
Grind the paipal tree bark and leaves, add honey and apply the lep on the painful area.
Grind the moolhati, harad, daruhaldi and chameli leaves and mix with honey. Apply this lep on the painful area.
In case of mouth ulcer caused due to vata, rub finely ground rock salt.
Make kwath with chameli, giloy, raisins, patha, daruhaldi, harad, baheda and avala leaves. Let it cool, then add honey and drink it.
Add honey in Triphala decoction and rinse the mouth with this solution.
Put rock salt in hot water and rinse the mouth.
Boil acacia gum in triple the quantity of water, sieve it and store it in a bottle. Apply this on the ulcers.
Apply banana juice on the child's mouth early in the morning. This gives relief.
It is also beneficial to make the patient sit under a goat and let the milk streak fall directly in the mouth. This should be done early in the morning.
Cotton soaked in glycerin is also very beneficial in this case.
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