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What is the aspect of sodium lauryl sulfate that gives you canker sores?

What is the aspect of sodium lauryl sulfate that gives you canker sores?

Sensitivity problem: This is the chemical that makes toothpaste foamy and spread out over your teeth. Many people are sensitive to it. Read the labels and stay away from it if you have this sensitivity. Sls is in many products. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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How come salt numb canker sores?

How come salt numb canker sores?

Burning: The canker sore is an ulcer (loss of overlying tissue) and the salt is burning the underlying raw tissue. ...Read more

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How does using salt water on canker sores help it, if it does even help?

OUCH!: Salt water will hurt very badly if you rinse with it over a canker sore. The best treatment is to leave the canker sore alone. ...Read more

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What should I do to get rid of canker sores besides using warm salt water?

What should I do to get rid of canker sores besides using warm salt water?

Comfortable: Warm salt water generally irritates them more and prolongs healing. Use anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. ...Read more

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How to keep mouth wound clean? Is the best way to keep it clean (is it the same as with canker sores, using salt water?

How to keep mouth wound clean? Is the best way to keep it clean (is it the same as with canker sores, using salt water?

Salt water will help: Salt water is good for keeping your oral wound clean. You can also use listerine, which will kill some of the germs in your mouth. The good news is that wounds in the mouth heal very quickly. ...Read more

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I get canker sores often. I ran out of salt to put in my mouth. It hurts really bad to eat. What do I do?

I get canker sores often. I ran out of salt to put in my mouth. It hurts really bad to eat. What do I do?

Consultation: Recurrent canker sores will need to be evaluated to be sure that there no underlying chronic illness that will require attention. Effective treatment usually require use of topical corticosteroids, lidocaine for pain management and if no response, other treatment options exist. Consultation will also serve to confirm the presumed diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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I have always got canker sores in mouth I have 3 now what's the best thing to do for them other then warm salt water?

I have always got canker sores in mouth I have 3 now what's the best thing to do for them other then warm salt water?

Canker sore: Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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How do you treat canker sores?

How do you treat canker sores?

L-lysine: Try a lysine gel cap pierce it and put the gel on your sore. Anti-viral creams like Denavir (penciclovir) can also be very useful. ...Read more

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Why canker sores grow in size?

Why canker sores grow in size?

Get it checked: Canker sore typically heal in about 10-14 days and once they form they do not keep growing. If the sore in your mouth is growing, please se a dentist and have it checked. It may be ore than just a canker sore. ...Read more

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Can kisses cause canker sores?

Really canker sores?: Answered before on healthtap, canker sores are common aphthous ulcers of the surface of the mouth that occur situationally, often in response to stressors, are bacterial or viral, & can be treated topically w/many otc products that reduce local discomfort & potentially speed healing. However, a # of systemic diseases cause canker sore-like lesions--crohn's, behcet's, std (sexually transmitted). ...Read more

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So how do you heal canker sores?

So how do you heal canker sores?

Laser: The use of a laser like the biolase md laser can immediately stop the pain caused by a canker sore and heal it quickly. ...Read more

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How to remove canker sores fast?

How to remove canker sores fast?

Fast canker sore cur: Unfortunately once the outbreak occurs it has to run its course. Avoid anything that will irritate them. You might try a product called zilactin. Follow the directions on the tube. It may sting a little when you first put it on, but it helps sometimes. ...Read more

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Do canker sores heal on their own?

Usually: Canker sores otherwise known as recurrent aphthous ulcers usually heal in 7 to 10 days unless there is something irritating them like smoking, intraoral habits, dental appliances like dentures or partials, or braces. ...Read more

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Any good remedies for canker sores?

Any good remedies for canker sores?

Canker sores: Canker sores, also called recurrent aphthous stomatitis, usually occur in the mouth on the tongue, cheeks and inside of the lips. They may be caused by trauma such as biting the area, stress, and herpetic viral infections. They can occur singularly or in groups.
They usually heal on their own in 5-7 days.
Applying orabase ointment (no rx needed) can help alleviate the pain.
Check with you dentist. ...Read more

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Why do I get reoccuring canker sores?

Why do I get reoccuring canker sores?

Canker Sores: Canker sores are due to herpes simplex virus type 1. It is very very common. A ton of things can cause recurrent outbreaks. You can buy over-the-counter treatment or see your primary doctor who can prescribe as needed tablets for outbreaks or might opt to put you on daily suppressive therapy. Hsv-1 is painful and unsightly, but don't worry because stress only makes them happen more often. ...Read more

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What makes canker sores faster better?

What makes canker sores faster better?

Try Zilactin B,: An over the counter medication found in pharmacies. Dry area, apply thin layer, let it dry and turn white. Your dentist can prescribe a steroid in a delivery vehicle called orabase. Rx for that! Avoid toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulfate which can help cause. Avoid acidic foods. Be careful brushing not to gouge tissue. Lasers work very well, hope your dentist has one. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are some remedies for canker sores?

What are some remedies for canker sores?

Canker sores: Avoid acidic and spicy foods. They can irritated the area. OTC products can coat the canker sore and provide short term relief. It takes 7-10 days for a canker sore to heal. If you get frequent canker sores see your dentist. Some people are sensitive to the SLS in many toothpaste. Look at the labels and avoid this ingredient. ...Read more

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Recurring canker sores? Why do I get them?

Recurring canker sores? Why do I get them?

Many causes: The cause of canker sores is not well understood. More than one cause is likely, even for individual patients. Canker sores do not appear to be caused by viruses or bacteria, although an allergy to a type of bacterium commonly found in the mouth may trigger them in some people. The sores may be an allergic reaction to certain foods. In addition, your own immune system can cause them. ...Read more

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I have 6 painful canker sores! What should I do?

Call your DDS: Your dds can prescribe a topical steroid rinse or salve that may help soothe this problem. In the interim go to a pharmacy and purchase some baby teething gels that have some anesthetic in it to numb the areas temporarily. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of recurrent canker sores?

What are possible causes of recurrent canker sores?

Triggers: Have been identified/linked & not really causes. It is multi-factorial, but some triggers include: food allergies, nutritional deficiencies (b12, folic acid, vit. C), emotional stress, smoking, dental appliances, other autoimmune illnesses (bechet's, lupus, crohn's), menstruation, hormone therapy, pregnancy. Some studies have linked toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: canker sores?

What is the definition or description of: canker sores?

Herpes Simplex: Almost everyone is infected with this herpes virus. The first episode is usualy in early childhood. It is dramaticaly different from all the later events.
The virus is always present. When your immune system is weakened (stress, disease, almost anything) the viri end up stronger than your immune system. They do their job, and you get "canker sores.". ...Read more

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Can canker sores bleed?

Can canker sores bleed?

Sometimes: Canker sores or recurrent aphthous ulcers usually don't bleed but if they are deep ulcers and/or irritated with oral appliances or braces they may. You should see a dentist to make sure that you truly have nothing more serious than just canker sores. ...Read more

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How to treat canker sores?

How to treat canker sores?

Try Zilactin B,: An over the counter medication found in pharmacies. Dry area, apply thin layer, let it dry and turn white. Your dentist can prescribe a steroid in a delivery vehicle called orabase. Rx for that! Avoid toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulfate which can help cause. Avoid acidic foods. Be careful brushing not to gouge tissue. Lasers work very well, hope your dentist has one. Eat healthy! good luck! ...Read more

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Why do canker sores bleed?

Ulcers: These are apthous ulcers. Their centers are devoid of protective epithelium. Any contact with this part of the ulcer hence causes bleeding! ...Read more

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How do canker sores bleed?

How do canker sores bleed?

Canker sores: Usually don't bleed. Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days. ...Read more

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Are canker sores contagious?

Are canker sores contagious?

NOT contagious: 'cold sores' are caused by virus=herpes simplex. Canker sores are associated with dental work, extra brushing, mouth injuries, spicy or acidic foods. Toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate have been implicated. Canker sores may also occur in immunosuppressed patients (or hiv).
Also noted are food sensitivities: chocolate, coffee, strawberries, nuts, cheese and acidic foods, e.g. Pineapple. ...Read more

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Is honey good for canker sores?

Is honey good for canker sores?

Yes: A recent study comparing honey to corticosteroids and other topical (Oranase), Honey produced faster reduction in size and pain, the resolution of the erythema was faster in the Honey group.
Eric T. Stoopler. A Natural Remedy for Canker Sores? Medscape. Oct 16, 2014. ...Read more

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Could oral sex cause canker sores?

Depends: A true canker sore is an auto-immune condition that is not contagious. It can occur as a result of different types of stress. However, a herpetic ulcer can be mistaken to be a canker sore. Herpetic ulcers are contagious and can be transmitted by oral sex. ...Read more

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How can I heal/prevent canker sores?

How can I heal/prevent canker sores?

Prevention: Do not go near anyone with open sores on any part of their body.
Warm water rinses and child teething salves.
Mainly time, 2 weeks for full healing. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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