Canker sores, while often confused with cold sores, is a different type of oral problem. It is not a serious health problem but it can be inconvenient and painful. Some people experience this frequently, while others seldom get it. Some instances that cause this are quite unavoidable, such as genetics (vulnerability
1. Avoiding toothpastes with SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent found in many toothpastes. Studies show that users of toothpastes without SLS are less likely to suffer from canker sores. It won’t hurt to use SLS-free toothpaste for one month and see if frequency of canker sores is lessened.
2. Brushing gently – Rigorous brushing can damage tissues inside your mouth and increase the likeliness of canker sores to appear.
3. Watching what you eat – Acidic foods are known for triggering canker sores. Other foods that are known to produce the same effect are seafood, wheat products, peanut butter, milk, and chocolate.
4. Assessing your health condition – digestion problems, throat infections, and stress are just some conditions to watch out for if you experience canker sores. Load up on vitamins and learn to manage your stress. Seek professional help if necessary.
If you are already suffering from canker sores, consult your dentist. Your dentist can do a thorough check-up to find out what exactly caused your canker sores, prescribe treatment gels and rinses, and give you advice on preventing this problem.