What can I do about my ulcer on the side of my tongue?

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Here are some options on how to get rid of tongue ulcers.

  • Rinse: An ulcer is basically a form of an open wound, so it’s important to keep it clean while it heals to avoid complications. A saltwater rinse can be used to accomplish this. You can also try using a baking soda rinse.
  • Paste: Milk of magnesia, baking soda, or salt can be used to create a paste to apply to the ulcer. It will be uncomfortable but can help soothe the area. The paste should be applied with a swab, and it’s best if you don’t swallow it.
  • Topical anesthetic: Since tongue and mouth ulcers can be especially painful, you may need over-the-counter relief. Alternatively, you can try applying ice to soothe the area—but remember not to apply ice directly to your skin.
  • Mouthwash: Some mouthwash or rinse products contain steroids, which help ease swelling and inflammation.
  • Avoid triggers: Keeping the sore from being further irritated is very important for minimizing the time spent healing. Avoiding alcohol, spicy or acidic foods, and smoking is essential to making sure your ulcer doesn’t stick around longer than it has to. When brushing your teeth, be very gentle and take care when brushing around the ulcer so the bristles don’t provoke it. If you use an electric toothbrush, it may be advisable to switch to a regular one until the ulcer heals, since they give more control over force and speed.