Mouth ulcers are painful sores that can appear in the mouth, usually on the inside of the cheeks or gums. Because they are sores, they tend to be painful when touched, especially when eating, brushing teeth, and drinking beverages. Mouth ulcers are not like mouth herpes, they are not a sexually transmitted disease. As such, they cannot be acquired from someone else. Depending on the size of the ulcer, it can determine the severity and length of time to heal.
There is no specific cause tied to mouth ulcers. They can be due to a variety of conditions and situations, including excessive stress, eating acidic foods, or even injury to the cheeks. Ulcers can also arise due to nutritional deficiencies.
Mouth ulcers are usually harmless; they can clear up on their own over the course of a couple of days. Generally if the ulcer is not too severe, the pain will decrease and it will gradually heal over the course of about 7-14 days. If need be, antimicrobial rinses are available to treat the ulcer, as well as ointments and gel that are used to reduce pain and irritation.
Honey is known to be a natural humectant, a substance that keeps things moist. It is also known for its antimicrobial properties. By applying a small amount to the area, it can help to stimulate healing and even reduce scarring of the tissue.
An aloe rinse has also been shown to help reduce the inflammation of the ulcer. Aloe is known to help reduce inflammation and by using an aloe rinse, it can help to soothe the ulcer.
An alternative to using gels and ointments, which can create a protective layer, is to use coconut oil. By applying some oil to the area, it can create a film that can protect the ulcer from rubbing against teeth, reducing pain. Coconut oil is also an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial!