A sore roof of mouth can occur for a variety of reasons. Burns from eating hot foods are often a culprit. Canker sores and ulcers can also lead to pain. There are quite a few over the counter concoctions available at stores, but there are many more home remedies that can be equally effective for a sore mouth. Home remedies have the added benefit of not incorporating unwanted ingredients or harsh chemicals. For more serious cases of mouth burns, ulcers, canker sores or pain, please seek the advice of your dental health professional.
1. Saltwater Rinse
Saltwater rinses help ease a sore roof of mouth and also promote the healing process.
To use a salt water rinse, dissolve one-half teaspoon of table salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish around the mouth to ensure contact with the roof of the mouth and spit out. This can be done multiple times a day as needed to ease pain and encourage wound healing.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a go-to remedy for minor burns and sunburns on the skin, but it can also be used to soothe pain in the mouth and promote healing.
You an pruchase it in juice or gel form. Swish around the mouth or apply to the affected area with a clean fingertip or cotton swab. Spit out any excess aloe vera and rinse with warm water.
3. Baking Soda
Acids naturally present inside the mouth can further irritate a sore roof of mouth. Baking soda can neutralize these acids and reduce pain. In addition, baking soda helps kill harmful bacteria and allows the area to heal faster.
To reduce pain and promote healing, mix one teaspoon of baking soda in one-half cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth with the mixture twice a day.
4. Milk of Magnesia
Milk of magnesia is an antacid. It neutralizes acids in the mouth that can cause the roof to sting.
To reduce pain, sip a small amount of milk of magnesia and swish it around the mouth. Rinse the mouth after to avoid ingesting it, since it has a laxative effect when swallowed.
5. Tea Bags
Like other remedies on this list, tea is an alkaline. It will neutralize painful acids in the mouth, reducing sore roof of mouth.
To use, apply a damp tea bag to the roof of the mouth for five minutes.
Sage is a natural antibiotic and antiviral herb. It also contains compounds to reduce inflammation, thereby reducing pain.
To use sage as a home remedy, you will make a tea out of it. Steep 2 teaspoons of dried sage in one cup of boiling water, covered. Allow the tea to cool and use it as a mouth rinse two or three times a day.
7. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can prevent sores and burns on the roof of the mouth from becoming infected. It can be used alone or in combination with baking soda or salt to prevent infection and reduce pain.
To make a mouth rinse with hydrogen peroxide, mix one-quarter cup of water with one-quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide, one teaspoon of baking soda, and one teaspoon of salt. Use once a day as a rinse to reduce inflammation and help the mouth heal. Do not swallow the mixture and rinse with plain water afterward.
Antacids, like Tums, Pepto-Bismol, or Rolaids, all work to neutralize acids in the mouth that can irritate sores or burns.
To use antacids to alleviate mouth pain, chew a tablet and push the contents gently towards the roof of the mouth. Allow the tablet to dissolve completely.
9. Vitamin E
Vitamin E capsules can be cut open and applied directly to the roof of the mouth. The oil in the capsule will coat the sore to protect it from infection while the Vitamin E helps sores heal quickly.
10. Licorice Root
Licorice root works on mouth sores by forming a protective coating to prevent infection and soothe irritation. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds.
For mouth sores, soak one tablespoon of crushed licorice root in two cups of water for three hours. Use this liquid as a mouth rinse several times a day.
11. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk has cooling properties to promote healing from burns and ulcers on the roof of the mouth. It can be used alone as a rinse, or thickened to form a gel and applied to the area.
To make a coconut milk gel, mix honey into the milk until the desired consistency is reached. Massage the gel into the roof of the mouth three or four times a day to soothe pain.
12. Coriander Seeds
Coriander is a natural remedy for reducing inflammation. To use coriander seeds to reduce inflammation on the roof of the mouth, a mouth rinse is effective.
Boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds in one cup of water. Strain the seeds out and allow the mixture to cool. Use the liquid as a mouth rinse three or four times a day for anti-inflammation.
Honey helps mucous membranes retain their moisture. This added moisture allows wounds and burns to heal faster. It can be used alone and applied with a cotton swab or clean fingertip to the sore roof of mouth.
Celery contains folic acid and healing vitamins to treat mouth sores and prevent infection. In addition, celery has pain relieving properties along with anti-inflammatories.
After chewing the celery, push the pulp up to the roof of the mouth and allow it to sit on the area for up to ten minutes.
Basil leaves have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. This prevents infections from many sources and speeds up the healing process for sore roof of mouth.
Wash four or five fresh basil leaves thoroughly. Chew them and push the leaves onto the roof of the mouth. Let them sit on the area for one to two minutes before rinsing or swallowing. This can be done twice a day to promote healing.
A sore roof of the mouth can be painful and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many home remedies you can use to soothe irritation and prevent infection. Have you tried any of these home remedies before? Let us know on our facebook page how well it worked.