What Causes Cankers Sores? Are There Any Canker Sore Remedies?
Canker sore remedies have been around as long as canker sores themselves. Certainly, nearly everyone has had to deal with a canker sore at one time or another. There's nothing worse than having a canker sore that rubs on your teeth. Ouch! Fortunately, there are many home remedies floating around out there, and some of them even work!
Let's learn a little more about the differences between canker sore remedies and cold sore remedies and what the best approach is to rid canker sores from your mouth for good.
What Causes Canker Sores?
First, let's cover what a canker sore is not. A cold sore is not the same as a canker sore. Although the two are used interchangably, a cold sore differs in origination and location. A cold sore is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Don't panic! This type of virus (herpes simplex virus type 1) generally only infects those body tissues that lie "above the beltline" and it is Type 1 that causes cold sores in the majority of cases.
Also, a cold sore is generally found near the edge of a person's lip, or on the surface of the skin near a person's mouth. In other words, they are most often visible to others.
A canker sore, on the other hand, is a type of mouth ulcer and is thought to develop as part of a reaction from your own immune system. They are usually found on the inside of the mouth. Because of this, cold sore remedies are not going to be helpful with this type of problem and won't help you rid canker sores from your mouth.
Are there any cold sore remedies or canker sore remedies available?
Cold sore remedies are primarily limited to medications of various sorts, but many people report relief by the use of ice, tea bags, or petroleum jelly. While none of these cold sore remedies will stop a cold sore in its tracks, they haven proven to relieve the pain in some cases.
There are many ways to end up with a canker sore, but one of the most common seems to come from the presence of a common ingredient in almost all commercial toothpastes called "sodium lauryl sulfate" or SLS for short. SLS is added to toothpaste to create a foaming action, to make you think that something is really happening when you are brushing your teeth. Often times, the only thing happening is the beginning of a canker sore!
If you would like to learn more about sodium lauryl sulfate and its canker sore relationship, I highly recommend this article,
written by Dr. Harold Katz.
Originally I thought I needed cold sore remedies, but I actually need canker sore remedies. Can you help me?
One reason that people struggle to rid canker sores from their mouth is due to using cold sore remedies to treat them, instead of canker sore remedies. Once you have correctly identified your problem as a canker sore, it is much easier to deal with using proper canker sore remedies.
For some people, certain foods will often trigger a canker sore outbreak. Pay close attention to the things you eat and notice if there is any correlation between a certain food item and the onset of canker sores.
Also, be sure to use a toothpaste and/or mouthwash that does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). You generally won't find these canker sore remedies on store shelves, but they are definitely available if you look around a bit.