Thrush, also known as canker sores, and sores in the mouth are harmless, but they can be a nuisance and cause pain. Canker sores can appear anywhere on the lips, inside of the cheeks, under the tongue, or on the gums. You can get canker sores if you accidentally bite your cheek or tongue, and eat too many sour or spicy foods. Vitamin deficiency, chemotherapy, food allergies, or sensitivity to certain brands of toothpaste can also be triggers. Natural topical treatments are very effective in treating canker sores on the lips, while mouthwashes are ideal for treating sores inside the mouth. We will guide you to find natural home remedies along with other treatment options to relieve pain and prevent canker sores.
Applying Topical Medicine
Apply pure honey to canker sores 4 times a day. Unpasteurized and filtered honey contains many wound healing enzymes that can speed up the healing of canker sores . Make sure your hands are clean when applying a drop or two of honey to canker sores . If the thrush is on your lips, resist the temptation to lick it.
Look for honey labeled “pure” or “wild” on the package.
Do not use regular honey as the product is usually heated before packaging. This process can remove the content of antibacterial and antioxidant substances.
Rub coconut oil into canker sores 5 times a day. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that help eliminate bacteria, fungi, and infectious pathogens. Dab a little coconut oil with your finger or a clean cotton swab, then rub it into canker sores .
If the thrush is in the mouth, try to “gargle” with coconut oil for a maximum of 15 minutes. Vomit the oil afterward, just like after using mouthwash.
You can buy coconut oil at health stores or at most grocery stores.
Apply a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling. Wrap an ice cube with a clean kitchen towel and stick it to the canker sore . Be careful not to touch the ice directly as it can cause irritation or a burning sensation. The cold from the ice can numb the canker sore area and provide temporary pain relief.
This is especially useful when thrush is caused by oral mucositis that arises as a result of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Apply a wet black tea bag to the canker sore area . The tannins in black tea have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Dip a bag of black tea in a pot of boiling water for 1 minute before removing and letting it cool. Apply the tea bag to the canker sore for 5 minutes to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the area.
You can also do this remedy with a bag of green tea or chamomile tea.
Apply apple cider vinegar to the thrush area 3 times a day. Apple cider vinegar can help heal canker sores and prevent them from getting infected. Dip a cotton swab in the apple cider vinegar bottle to moisten the tip. Rub the cotton up to 3 times a day to the canker sores .
It’s natural to feel a slight stinging sensation when the vinegar hits the canker sore .
Using Natural Mouthwash
Gargle with salt water 4 times a day for canker sores in the mouth. Mix 5 grams of salt with a cup (120 ml) of water. Use this solution to rinse your mouth for 30 seconds, then spit it out. Salt can speed up the healing process and relieve pain.
To relieve severe pain, use warm or hot water.
Salt water can also clean plaque and oral microbes that cause canker sores .
Alternatively, use an equal amount of baking soda instead of salt.
Use a natural mouthwash that contains tea tree oil and warm water. Tea tree oil is very effective as a medicine because it contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits. Add 2 drops of tea tree oil to 500 ml of warm water and stir. Gargle for 30 seconds with the solution, then vomit. Do this 3 times a day for no more than 3 days.
Add about 20 grams of salt to the solution for extra pain relief.
Do not swallow mouthwash as tea tree oil can be harmful if swallowed.
Use a mouthwash containing sage to relieve pain and inflammation. Sage has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The content of antibacterial and antimicrobial substances is very effective in treating internal heat naturally. Gargle 2 to 3 times a day after brushing your teeth.
You can buy mouthwash containing sage online or through natural grocery stores and pharmacies.
You can make your own sage mouthwash by boiling 30 grams of fresh sage leaves (about 20 to 30 pieces) in 500 ml of boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove the leaves and allow the solution to cool down to room temperature before using it to rinse your mouth.
If you have mucositis from chemotherapy, look for a mouthwash containing sage, thyme, and peppermint for the best pain relief and relief.
Other herbs that might work are licorice and marshmallow root . Consult a naturopathic doctor or herbal medicine practitioner about how to use these herbs in mouthwash to treat mucositis.
Avoid using toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate is a common ingredient found in oral cleansing products. For some people, this ingredient can trigger canker sores . Check the list of ingredients on the back of your toothpaste or mouthwash for SLS. If so, switch to a product from another brand that doesn’t contain SLS and see if your symptoms improve.
Look for toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain natural formulas or products designed for people with sensitive teeth or gums.
Changing Your Diet to Speed Up Healing
Do not eat foods that are too acidic or salty to prevent irritation of canker sores . Bland foods are better eaten during canker sores because spices or sour tastes that are too pungent can irritate open wounds and slow down the healing process. Sour fruits and juices, tomatoes, hot sauces, and spicy herbs should not be consumed until the canker sore has healed.
Beer, wine, liquor, caffeine, or soda can also irritate canker sores in the mouth.
If you choose to eat these foods and drinks, rinse your mouth with water afterward to reduce irritation.
Eat soft foods and avoid hard and crunchy foods. Hard or crunchy foods can irritate canker sores and slow the healing process. These foods can also make you want to eat more, pull on the skin around the canker sore , and make your condition worse (especially if you have thrush on your cheeks or tongue area). Look for soft foods, such as oats, rice, potatoes, yogurt, cottage cheese , soups, cooked pasta, and cooked vegetables.
If you have canker sores on the inside of your cheeks or tongue, eat foods such as bread or porridge to reduce chewing.
Serve hard-textured foods with sauce or gravy to make them easier to eat.
Use a food blender to grind fruit and vegetables to make them easier to eat.
Don’t eat foods like chips, popcorn , crispy pizza, toast, raw vegetables, and nuts until your canker sore has healed.
Suck lozenges containing zinc ( zinc ) to kill bacteria. A weak immune system can slow healing and cause canker sores to last longer. Check the label on the package or bottle of candy to see how many milligrams of the active substance in it. Most lozenge brands recommend sucking up to 4 tablets per day.
For women, the recommended daily intake of zinc is 8 mg, while for men it is 11 mg. This substance is safe to consume up to 40 mg per day.
If you choose to take zinc in the long term, you also need to take copper mineral supplements.
You can buy lozenges at most grocery stores or pharmacies.
Drink warm echinacea tea to speed up the healing process. Echinacea can support your immune system, helping the body recover from thrush more quickly and reducing the risk of infection. Dip a bag of echinacea tea in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Let stand until lukewarm or reach room temperature before drinking it because hot drinks can irritate canker sores .
Put a few ice cubes in a cup to make the tea cool faster.
Increase your intake of vitamin B-12 to speed up the healing process and prevent the appearance of canker sores the next day. B-12 helps the body make DNA and keeps body cells healthy. Diets with low intake of these nutrients can increase the chances of the appearance of canker sores . If you regularly eat plant-based foods, you are more likely to develop a vitamin B-12 deficiency. If allergies or dietary restrictions prevent you from getting enough vitamin B-12 from food, talk to your doctor for supplement recommendations.
Vegans’ sources of B-12 come from added nutrient-fortified yeast, extra-nutrient fortified plant-based milk (almond, soy, coconut), additional nutrient-fortified cereals, fake meat products (extra nutritional seitan, tempeh, and tofu), and nori (seaweed).
Animal-based products, such as fish, chicken, eggs, milk, and dairy products are good sources of vitamin B-12.
Visiting the Doctor
Go to the doctor if the thrush gets worse or doesn’t go away for more than 3 weeks. If you feel the canker sores are getting more painful or red, or last more than 3 weeks, it could be a sign of another, more serious illness. You may have nutritional deficiencies that require medical attention and advice, a viral infection, or (rarely) Crohn’s disease or inflammation of the digestive tract.
The dentist can check for thrush and provide appropriate treatment. However, it’s best to see a doctor just in case he needs a blood sample or performs other tests to determine the cause of canker sores .
Bleeding and white patches around canker sores are signs of infection.
Canker sores that appear repeatedly can also be a sign of Celiac disease. Talk to your doctor about this possibility, especially if you have symptoms such as chronic diarrhea or constipation, bloating, frequent bowel movements, pain in the upper body, nausea, paleness, and foul-smelling stools.
Visit a dentist for a mouth guard if necessary. If you suspect that friction from an improperly sized mouth guard is causing canker sores , see your dentist. Replace or reinstall the appliance so that the sharp parts of the teeth do not irritate the sensitive oral tissues. Similarly, reinserting mouthguards or braces will relieve pressure on the gums and allow canker sores to heal without other irritation.
For example, if the thrush is located on the inner lip just in front of a loose part of the tooth guard, there’s a good chance that a sharp edge at the edge of the tooth is the cause.
Check for lichen planus if there is a streaky pattern on the inside of the cheek. Oral lichen planus means that the tissues and mucous membranes in your mouth are inflated. This disease will appear as a white threaded pattern on the inside of the cheek. Your GP or dentist can give you a corticosteroid gel or injection to clean it.
In addition to threaded stains, you’ll also notice red, swollen areas or sores that are painful.
It’s important to treat lichen planus as it can lead to gum disease – especially if you smoke and don’t have good oral hygiene habits.
Talk to your doctor if you have a weakened immune system due to other illnesses. Some conditions, such as HIV and lupus, can damage the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to recover from canker sores without help. Doctors can prescribe over-the-counter medications or supplements to help support the immune system.
Talk to your doctor before taking any new supplements.