Home remedies for mouth sores


Although they are very common and usually do not pose a serious health problem, the appearance of canker sores or sores in the mouth can become a painful and uncomfortable problem. These small white ulcers usually appear in the soft areas of the mouth, either due to hygiene, contagion, oral injuries or an episode of stress or fever. Although they usually go away on their own without the need for any treatment, their location makes them quite an uncomfortable incident.

Home remedies for mouth sores

Gel or compress

These products can be easily obtained in pharmacies without the need for a prescription and they ensure that, with the gel they are made of, the sore does not become irritated or continue to grow, speeding up its healing and avoiding friction.

Read the instructions or ask the pharmacist to find out how much and how many times a day to apply this gel or how often to change the compress to get good results.


Mouthwashes can always be a good complement to ensure good oral hygiene . Taking this into account, we can rinse three times a day with our trusted mouthwash, but it is better if we use a soft one, the days that we have a sore to make sure that the small infection does not spread and ends up healing in less time.

Water with salt

This homemade mouthwash for mouth sores is one of the most used, easy and effective remedies for the treatment of sores. Dissolved salt in water is a perfect antiseptic that will make the sore clean and heal much faster than expected.

To do this, use normal kitchen salt, do not use Epsom salts or other types. You can do it as many times a day as you want, but at least do it 2 or 3 times a day .

Oral hygiene with a soft toothbrush

More than a remedy for sores, this would be a measure to prevent the problem of the sore in the mouth from getting worse. If you usually use a brush with hard bristles and, by mistake, you pass the brush over the sore, you will end up leaving the wound in your mouth longer than it should. For this reason, it is advisable to change those days to a soft brush to avoid accidents .

Vitamin B-12 supplements

This vitamin is capable of generating a large number of red blood cells and promotes the proper development of the nervous system, so it can help reduce the pain caused by sores and prevent new appearances. You must take one a day to start noticing the effects.

Chamomile tea with honey

Chamomile and honey have become two of the most recurrent ingredients in home remedies and, for this occasion, they were not going to be less. The antiseptic properties of honey combined with the anti-inflammatory effect of chamomile , make this combination a perfect solution to relieve the symptoms of sores, either with rinses that after resting on the sore for a while you can swallow or spit out or by applying compresses directly, which you will have to change.

Good nutrition

During the days in which you suffer from some type of sore, you should try to have a good diet rich in healthy nutrients that favor a good recovery of the mucosa of the mouth that suffers the injury. In addition, you will have to avoid very acidic or spicy foods so as not to promote irritation in the area.

Aloe vera for mouth sores

Aloe vera is one of the plants with the most healing benefits and, above all, healing properties , so it might be advisable, in case of pain or inflammation, to apply some type of aloe gel directly on the sore to encourage its healing.

You can read about How to Cure Mouth Sores with Aloe Vera here.

Ice cubes

Although it does not help to heal it, ice is the anti-inflammatory par excellence, so if the pain of the sore becomes very strong and continuous, applying ice could numb the area and make it deflate and hurt less .

However, we must always be careful not to put the ice directly out of the fridge, as it could stick to the skin or mucosa, better wet it a little in water first and then apply it to the sore for a few seconds. Remove it and repeat if necessary, but never keep it on until it is completely melted.

Clove oil

When we think about which natural remedy is good for mouth sores, we probably don't think of this one directly, but it really is effective. Clove oil has properties that fight pain, so it can be a good ally in case of sores. You should first clean the area well with salt water rinses or specific products and then apply clove oil with a cotton ball , with soft touches.

You can learn more about how to use it by reading this other specific article for when toothaches, since the application is the same or similar and is also in the mouth: How to use cloves for toothache .

Baking soda

Baking soda is antiseptic which helps speed up the healing process. That is why it is recommended to rinse 3 or 4 times a day . To do this, dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water and rinse well. Then wait several minutes before drinking water, eating or washing your mouth, so that the baking soda has the greatest possible effect.

Here you can learn How to make a homemade mouthwash , using baking soda and other ingredients.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has an effect on sores very similar to baking soda. However, its effect is a little more abrasive and, although it is effective, you should be able to tolerate the stinging better after applying it. You should only mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with another half of water and rinse 2 or 3 times a day .

After knowing these remedies to cure mouth sores, we recommend that you know the causes in order to avoid possible ones. For this reason, we advise you to read this other article on Why sores appear in the mouth . You may also find it useful to know more tips to avoid them, reading this other post about How to avoid mouth sores .


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