I used to get canker sores often, one every 6 weeks or so, and always on my tongue about the size of a pencil eraser, so painful eating and drinking was dreadful until it healed and went away. I never paid enough attention to narrow down a 'culprit' but I read somewhere that toothpastes containing the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent, can cause dryness and canker sores in the mouth so I switched to Sensodyne toothpaste which is one of the only toothpastes that does not contain this ingredient and I noticed WAY less canker sores. I switched 4 years ago and I've probably only had 2 canker sores since. Pro-namel is another toothpaste that does not contain SLS and I currently use that one. ALSO when I do get a canker sore the NUMBER ONE thing that helped heal them FAST, faster than salt water, anything, was Colgate Peroxyl mouth rinse. If you feel a canker sore coming on buy this and use it!!! It has healed them in one day for me.
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