A lot of people think when they see someone with a canker sore or mouth ulcer that they are contagious, but in reality they aren't. Even so, they can be very annoying and can make eating, drinking and even talking very hard to do because they can be quite painful. They can appear on the sides of the cheeks, under your tongue and inside your lips. Even though anyone can get them they are more commonly seen in young adults, children and teens.
If they happen often they can become quite agonizing and people who deal with this are always trying to find a way to solve the problem. There are some natural ways to treat these that have proven to be quite effective and will give instant relief but also address the cause of these and this would be nutritional deficiencies in the body.
One thing you should do if you suffer mouth ulcers is to get toothpaste that is free from sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS. You can find this kind of toothpaste in natural food and health food stores. This SLS has been said to contribute to the mouth ulcers. SLS is the agent that makes it foam and it is also included in shampoo and liquid hand soaps. So, people sensitive to SLS may also notice sensitivity to shampoos and liquid hand soaps with SLS.
If you happen to have braces or dentures and you are getting mouth sores it's a good idea to go see your dentist. Your dentist can find a way in which they can help you combat the mouth sores and help you with the problems you may be having with your dentures or your braces.
You should also ask your doctor if you can take a vitamin B complex supplement which includes B12. It has been discovered in a recent study that if you take a nightly dose of this at 1000 mcg that people with mouth ulcers saw a major reduction in the ulcers and they also began to have less and less outbreaks. Generally one of the reasons why people get these ulcers is because their body is not getting enough of the B vitamins so that's why it's suggested you get a complex supplement since it includes B12, B1 and B6 all essential for the body.
Eat more probiotic foods. You can get these in yogurt and kefir. It has been proven that probiotics can help treat the mouth sores found because they have a healing effect on the digestive system and through that healing the sores in the mouth will also be healed.
You should also consider getting a natural licorice supplement. Many naturopaths will suggest that a patient take a licorice supplement to not only help get rid of stomach ulcers but mouth ulcers as well. It can be found in chewable tablets that simply taste like what it is, licorice.
You might also want to try what is called slippery elm. You would mix the slippery elm with some water until it becomes a paste and then apply it directly to the sores in your mouth. This will give immediate pain relief to the affected areas of your mouth.
You should also consider seeing a naturopathic doctor to make sure you are not experiencing any kind of food allergies. You may discover that you are allergic to gluten which can in turn cause these mouth ulcers or even celiac disease.