If you’ve ever had to suffer through the pain of a mouth sore, you know that it can be unbearable. Nothing seems to make them go away until they decide to leave on their own, making you their unwilling host often for weeks at a time. Even after years of research, scientists have no clear cut answer as to what causes them. There are some scenarios that are more likely to cause them than others, such as poorly fitting dentures, braces, biting the inside of your cheek or tongue, abrasive, sharp, or acidic foods to name a few. Even when the cause can be determined, it seems that you’re doomed to intense pain anytime you eat or drink something while they’re present.
The best advice anyone could give you to help with conditions of the mouth is to make sure that you’re following a thorough oral hygiene plan that keeps your mouth clean so that it can heal itself as best as it can. This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash to reach areas you can’t brush or floss. If you’re prone to getting mouth sores, take extra precaution to make sure that you don’t brush too aggressively, or accidentally stab the inside of your cheek with your brush. This can weaken the tissues and make it more likely for a sore to develop.
When reevaluating your oral hygiene regimen, equal attention should be paid to what products you’re using to execute it. Research from Oslo, Norway concluded that a common ingredient in toothpaste could quite possibly be responsible for a number of cases of mouth sores. Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in toothpaste to make it foam up. It is a chemical detergent, and according to the Oslo study, it causes the tissues inside the mouth to become weakened and more prone to the development of canker sores, among other conditions. It’s not that farfetched, considering that the abbreviated symbol SLS is used worldwide in clinical skin product testing to purposefully cause irritation that can then help determine how well skin care products work.
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