Mouth ulcers are defects in the surface of the mucous membrane lining of the mouth which have a painful white base. They usually occur along the inside of the cheek or the edge of the tongue. They can last 4 to 5 days and often recur every month or so. Ulcers which do not heal and last longer than 3 weeks should be checked out by your dentist.
In most cases there is no identifiable cause for ulcers and they may be caused by a vitamin deficiency or weak immune system.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Multivitamin & mineral complex||To help redress any deficiencies caused by poor diet.||as directed|
|Vitamin A||Vitamin A is essential for the integrity of the lining and protective mucous secretions of the mouth.||30,000iu daily|
|Vitamin B complex||Needed for general skin and nerve health.||as directed|
|Vitamin C & zinc||Helps inflamed mucous membranes to heal.||in lozenge form, as directed|
|Vitamin E||Enhances the immune system and speeds the healing process.||500iu daily
|Propolis||Supports the immune system and is useful as an antiseptic.||as lozenges or a supplement|
|Echinacea||Dilute and use as a mouthwash, then swallow.||tincture, as directed|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Mouth ulcers are often caused by stress, so make sure that you get plenty of B vitamins in your diet.
Best food sources
|brewer’s yeast||leafy green vegetables||wholegrain cereals|
Avoid foods which might damage the membranes of the mouth such as crisps, salted nuts, vinegar, pickles, chilli and any highly spiced food.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)
- Arsen Alb
- Calc Carb
- Hepar Sulph
- Merc Sol
- Nat Mur
- Nux Vom