These small and painful sores in the mouth can result from injury to the inside cheeks, lips or gums. Abrasions caused by ill-fitting dentures or by rough brushing of the teeth are often responsible for the development of ulcers, aided by acidity in the mouth.
When mouth ulcers occur for no obvious external reason, they can indicate stress and poor nutrition. Check” for deficiencies in Vitamins A and B]2, iron, folic acid or zinc. Sudden and severe outbreaks may indicate the presence of the herpes virus. If the problem is persistent, a consultation with a homeopath may help. According to some natural therapists, intolerance to the fluoride in toothpaste or to gluten in the diet can result in recurring mouth ulcers.
To treat, apply a tincture of myrrh, available from most chemists and health food shops. Swill the mouth with sage tea or with a couple of drops of tea tree oil mixed in warm water. At night, drink milk to coat the ulcer and prevent further inflammation.