Could Your Toothpaste Be Causing Canker Sores?

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If you are a canker sore sufferer, you probably have tried just about everything to prevent those nasty ulcers. Most people know the triggers: acidic foods, emotional stress, trauma and boosting your vitamin B-12. If you have already tried all on this list and are still routinely getting the pesky ulcers, you might want to think about changing your toothpaste.

canker sores shutterstock_254735842Most toothpaste contains an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate. This particular ingredient is what produces the foaming action as you brush your teeth. While it is causing that mouth full of foam, it could also be leaving microdermabrasion on your oral tissue. This trauma can be enough to cause those nasty ulcers to rear their ugly little heads and leave you in a mouth full of pain.

When you start looking for toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, you may find that the dental aisle may lack in selection. However, there are a few options to consider:

Sensodyne ProNamel Mint Essense Toothpaste

canker sores shutterstock_287878631Sensodyne ProNamel is a great option, especially if you have sensitive teeth. Whitening and tartar control products can be abrasive and cause your teeth to ache. If you know you have recession or are sensitive to cold beverages, this would be a great option.

Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste

Tom’s of Maine is well-known in the natural foods community. It is a great natural way for daily oral care. This toothpaste may be harder to locate, but you can find it in most organic, health food stores.

Rembrandt Premium Whitening Mint Toothpaste

This is a great option for those who want to prevent canker sores and also brighten their smile at the same time. This product can be found at most convenient stores.

Have Questions? Please don’t hesitate to make an appointment and talk with your dentist. Contact us today!

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By | 2017-06-19T14:52:40+00:00 July 31st, 2015|

About the Author:

Abby Ambrose is a professional writer and Registered Dental Hygienist in the state of Minnesota. She has been writing professionally since 2013, with credits in dentistry, travel and research. She loves sports, music and reading.

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