Causes and Remedies of Canker Sores

canker-sores Causes and Remedies of Canker Sores

Canker sores are a type of ulcer that is seen inside the mouth especially in the inside part of cheeks and lips and rarely on the tongue. They have a whitish grey or yellow center and a well defined red border. They are not contagious but they may reoccur after healing once. These canker sores are painful and may trouble you while taking food and drinks.

Causes for Canker Sores

Canker sores are a result of nutritional deficiency and the deficiency of zinc, iron, B12, folic acid causers canker sores. Acidity in the stomach is another reason and food allergies also contribute to the same. Stress, infection due to micro organisms, vigorous brushing, oily and spicy food etc causes canker sores.

Remedies for Canker Sores

Baking Soda

Dust the affected area with baking soda powder or make a paste of baking soda with water and apply it on the affected area. Apply this paste several times in a day. You can also prepare a mouth wash with baking soda and luke warm water and use this to wash your mouth. Wash the mouth thoroughly with this mouth wash after having food and before going to bed.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

It has got excellent disinfectant and antimicrobial property. Mix five drops of this liquid with a glass of water and wash the mouth with this mixture. This will help you to relive the canker sores.

Honey and Turmeric

Take one teaspoon honey and mix it with ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder. Apply this paste on the cankers.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera juice is found to be effective for canker sores. Apply this juice many times a day and you will surely be benefited.


Papaya fruits are good for treating canker sores. You can also chew fresh papaya leaves which will give you relief from the painful sores.


Apply freshly cut raw onion in to the affected area and you will get relief.

Tea Tree Oil

It has antiseptic property and 5 to 15 % solution can be used for curing sores.

Salt Water

Wash your mouth several times a day with salt water. This will help you to draw fluid from the sore and to help you to heal the sore.


Make a tea with three tablespoon dried sage leaves in one pint water. Then wash the mouth with this tea for three or four times a day. The drying and astringent property of sage will help you to cure the canker sores. You can also apply powdered sage leaves on the sores.