How to Treat a Painful Canker Sore

Canker Sores │ Mukilteo │ Mukilteo Dental ArtsYou can’t help but groan when you notice a canker sore appearing on the inside of your lip or gums. These ulcers are painful and take the joy out of eating. Brushing also becomes a nightmare. A number of factors influence the formation of canker sores. Your dental hygiene habits might be one of them.

What Causes a Canker Sore?

Canker sores form for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Physical injury
  • Vitamin deficiency, primarily vitamin B12, iron, folate
  • Stress
  • Hormonal fluctuations

Canker sore formation may also be due to your dental habits. Brushing too hard with a hard-thistle brush, for example, can leave an abrasion that evolves into a sore. This is one of reasons many oral surgeons recommend light brushing. Another reason is that hard brushing also erodes enamel.

Some studies also hint at a possible link between sores and the common toothpaste ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate. A useful dental tip is to consider a toothpaste without that particular ingredient. Continue Reading →