Side effects from anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen and beta blockers)
Side effects from antihistamines (natural and OTC)
Toothpastes with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) foaming agents
Deficiencies in Iron, Folic Acid, or (and this seems the most common) B vitamins especially B-12
Digestive disease - H. Pylori, Crohn's disease, Colitis, Celiac
Tincture of Myrrh - This antiseptic and gum healer is very affordable and very effective. It is also quite effective as a mouthwash concentrate and can be used daily to prevent the eruption of cankersores.
Use a toothpaste without SLS (sodium laureth sulfate). Here is a list of our SLS free toothpastes.
Supplement with B-12 or a B complex. Vitamin B-12 is often referred to as the "stress vitamin" and has the side benefits of helping to maintain healthy digestion and increase energy.
Propolis- A natural antiseptic derived from the "glue" honeybees use to seal their hives. It is a general healer with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties.
Probiotics increase the good flora in the body which boosts the immune system against harmful bacteria, leaving one less susceptible to oral lesions and poor digestion
Notice the overlap between remedies for mouth ulcers and gastric issues. (Slippery Elm, DGL, Probiotics, B vitamins, etc.) Perhaps that is a clue that the issues are not unconnected. When approaching your body's health holistically, it's important to remember that digestion begins in the mouth. Breaking down our food mechanically (with our teeth) and mixing it with the enzymes in our saliva is the first step of digestion. Chewing your food thoroughly into a soft paste before swallowing is important for healthy digestion and nutrient absorption.