Canker Sore Treatment, Causes and Remedies : Canker Sores on Tongue and in Mouth
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
Learn how to identify, prevent, and treat canker sores!
Canker sores, also known as "mouth ulcers," plague the lives of millions of people all over the world. These small oral ulcers can make life unbearable when eating, drinking, speaking, or swallowing. Frustration sets in when your dentist or doctor doesn't know how to respond to your questions about these annoying and recurring ulcerations.
Unfortunately, the public ends up creating their own "canker sore" problem by using commercial toothpastes, which contain an ingredient that is proved to be linked to canker sores. It's called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and it is placed into toothpastes and some mouthwashes in order to create foaming! (Sodium lauryl sulfate is also the main ingredient in your shampoo - go check it out.)
The harshness of this chemical has been proven to create microscopic damage to the oral tissue which lines the inside of your mouth, which then leads to canker sores.
The only group of oral products designed to fight bad breath which do not contain soap (sodium lauryl sulfate) or saccharin is TheraBreath!
What Causes Canker Sores ( Mouth Ulcers)?
The latest research shows that certain chemical compounds trigger the production of canker sores. Among those items is something that may shock unsuspecting people. It's SOAP. Yes, but it's soap, inside your mouth. For many years the major pharmaceutical companies have used soap (chemically known as sodium lauryl sulfate) in order to create a foaming agent when one brushes their teeth. Why? The foam does not provide any benefits to the toothpaste, but does fool the you, the user, into thinking that a foaming action is related to a "cleansing" action. After speaking to many of these pharmaceutical companies, the following excuse is used: "we use sodium lauryl sulfate as a surfactant, in order to blend all of our ingredients together and make them work more effectively." (A surfactant is a chemical agent, which allows other chemical molecules to get closer to each other. However, there are many surfactants out there that are not soapy or do not cause allergic reactions resulting in canker sore production.
One of the most exciting advances has been the establishment of the link between canker sores and an ingredient common to almost all toothpastes. The additive SLS may be a culprit in canker sore formation.
SLS acts just like a detergent. It is used in the laboratory as a membrane destabilizer and solubilizer of proteins and lipids. SLS is used in toothpaste to emulsify (mix) oil and water based ingredients together. In your toothpaste, it creates the foam you get when brushing. Since it is classified as a soap, you will easily understand why this ingredient can cause drying inside the mouth for many individuals. The dryness is one of several factors that will lead to bad breath.
The thought is that SLS may, in susceptible individuals, cause microscopic trauma or membrane disruption to the skin cells in the mouth. This along with trauma or actions of the immune system may lead to canker sore formation.
Recent studies have shown a link between the use of toothpastes containing SLS and the occurrence of RAS (canker sores).
The Science of Canker Sores:
Canker sores are interchangeably known as: mouth ulcers, aphthous ulcers, recurrent aphthous stomatitis, or oral ulcers.
Some people (and doctors) confuse canker sores with "cold sores" (fever blisters). We know both are painful, annoying, and recurring. Here are the major differences: