We have a
one visit in-office treatment for relief of canker sore pain.
Canker sores (commonly
called oral ulcers, aphthous ulcers, or mouth ulcers) affect
millions of people causing extreme pain and discomfort. Although
these tiny oral ulcerations affect nearly twenty percent of
the population, their exact cause remains a mystery.
Despite a great deal
of research into the problem, the cause of canker sores remains
elusive. Current thinking suggests that stress or skin injury
may be involved in the eruption of common canker sores. Some
researchers think the sores are made worse by certain foods--for
example, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and some nuts.
In only some 20 percent
of cases of complex aphthosis, doctors are able to find and
treat an underlying cause. These include: faulty immune system
function, nutritional problems such as vitamin B12,
folic acid or iron deficiencies, and disease of the gastrointestinal
Science has, however,
identified a number of factors which tend to increase a person's
chances of experiencing an episode of canker sores:
- Stress has been related to
a number of health problems including migraines, high blood
pressure, heart disease, and gastric/intestinal disorders.
It is not surprising then that stress has been linked to an
increase risk of developing canker sores.
- It appears that an ingredient in toothpaste called SLS,
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, may cause canker sores in many people.
SLS is responsible for the foaming action of toothpaste. The
use of SLS free toothpaste has provided relief for many canker
sore sufferers. For more information about this amazing breakthrough,
you can read this SLS
article. See also another
source of non-SLS toothpaste".
- Some people have allergies to certain foods. Consumption
of these foods can lead to canker sores. Studies show that
elimination of these offending foods can sometimes dramatically
reduce the number of canker sore episodes a person experiences.
Foods related to canker sores include: buckwheat, whole wheat,
rye, barley, chocolate, nuts, shellfish, soy, tomatoes, apples,
figs, cheese, lemon, vinegar, French mustard, pineapples,
apples and milk.
Minor Oral Trauma
- There is evidence that trauma to the inside of the mouth
may initiate canker sores. In many cases, this trauma can
be caused by such simple things as biting the inside of the
mouth or eating hard candy which scrapes or nicks the inside
of the mouth. Brushing too hard can also cause canker sore
Major advances have been made in the treatment
of canker sores:
Corticosteroids act by treating the inflammation associated
with canker sores. These corticosteroids often come in gel
or cream form and are usually applied three to four times
a day. If you are interested in trying corticosteroid compounds
ask your dentist or doctor for .05% Lidex (Fluocinonide) gel
or Kenalog in orabase
Analgesic (pain relieving) Compounds:
An analgesic compound is any compound which relieves pain.
Several of these are available over the counter at your local
drug store. For many people these compounds are effective.
Active ingredients often found in these compounds include
benzocaine or Diphenhydramine HCL. In addition to providing
pain relief, several of these analgesic compounds form an
adhesive film which protects the sore from mouth acids and
Other treatments include:
containing the active ingredient chlorhexidine gluconate
- Aphthasol (amlexanox
oral paste, 5%) - a prescription canker sore ointment
- Salt-water rinses
- This actually works well for some patients
- Hydrogen Peroxide Solution - Mix
one part hydrogen peroxide with one part water. Use a cotton
swab to dab the solution directly onto the canker sores.
Do not swallow the solution. Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic
that will help reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.
- a natural, topical antibacterial agent
- using a laser, if available, set
on pulse and a low power setting to remove the ulcerated
layer of the canker sore.
- Chemical cautery
agents such as Debacterol or polyphenol sulfamic acid compounds.
usually are quick; and many times after the treatment, all
symptoms will have disappeared.
Keep in mind that even though they
are painful, canker sores tend to heal well on their own.
Consult your dentist when canker sores do not heal after 14
days, are accompanied by a fever, or appear to be infected.