-- Jonna B.
Who hasn't received an accidental hit on the mouth while rolling in BJJ? I am always a victim of this: my partner jerks his knee while I'm passing, or he forces a choke from the back by rubbing his arm on my mouth/jaw, or an elbow suddenly flies over my face and hits my lips.
Almost every week, I get a new mouth sore (also called mouth ulcer or canker sore) from training. I tried wearing a mouthguard but I couldn't get a perfect fit even after trying different brands. So I have to live with getting mouth sores all the time. I have tried different and expensive remedies, but they're not good enough. Until I found the perfect one. And a cheap one at that.
Tawas or alum is abundant in the Philippines, and can be bought for less than $1 for half-a-fist-sized crystal. Powdered tawas can also be bought. This is used primarily as a natural deodorant, but someone told me to try it on a mouth sore. It's healing powers are amazing! It usually takes only 1 to 2 days of treatment to heal the sores completely.
Applying this crystal on a mouth sore, however, requires a brave heart. As soon as you put it on, you immediately feel a painful, tingling sensation. Good thing the feeling goes away after the first 5 seconds or so. I normally keep it there for up to a minute, then re-apply after 4 or 6 hours.
The taste is also a different matter altogether. It has an awfully sour taste that is incomparable to the sour fruits that I have tasted. But hey, at least it only takes 2-4 applications to heal a mouth sore!
This is how it looks like:
I wonder if this is available in your area. Do you get mouth sores, too? What kind of treatments do you use?