Ô unfortunate victims, whose delicate buccal mucous membrane is being wrecked by monstrous invaders, you have our deepest sympathy.
And we take this opportunity to confirm that, contrary to what auntie Hortense used to say, you don’t get mouths ulcers just by criticizing your boss. The presumed guilty starters of this painful affliction seem to be multiple. Amongst the many possible suspects: sodium lauryl sulphate – code name SLS, foaming agent at the service of most toothpastes and other personal hygiene products – smoking, strong spices, acid fruit – such as citrus, strawberries, pineapple, etc. – lack of vitamin B12, iron or zinc, bacteria, yeast infections, dental braces, dentures, etc. In short, science has no definite answers.
But don’t despair. Some good old recipes can mercilessly eradicate these villains. Try auntie Hortense’s favourite and incredibly efficient remedies.
Dilute 1 teaspoon of soda bicarb – aka baking soda, brilliant at limiting bacteria proliferation. These little beasts hate alkaline environments – and 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of water. Vigorously circulate the precious liquid inside your poor ravaged buccal cavity. Researchers, from Illinois University, who scientifically tested it, confirm that it knocks these monstrosities out.
Ditto for her other favourite hack, which completes the first one: prepare a paste with 3-parts soda bicarb, 10 drops hydrogen peroxide – to stimulates healing – and 1-part water. Slap onto your mouth sores, wait for these poultices to melt and rinse your mouth again with the soda bicarb and salt mouth wash. Renew this operation of massive destruction several times a day.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recommends black tea mouth washes – 1 teaspoon steeped in a cup of boiling water. Wait for it to cool, then perform a long mouthwash – at least 3 minutes – morning and night, enthusiastically shaking this magic liquid around your mouth. This powerful exercise also works your cheek muscles, especially if you do it to music.