Posted by Ethne~
Do you guys get those painful canker sores inside your mouths sometimes? I used to. It occurred to me that I should tell you how I stopped getting them. It's just something little, but if I can help you guys out with my fount of knowledge, I'm duty bound.
I used to get them frequently - canker sores are the kind inside your mouth, not the ones on your lip - those are cold sores - different beasts.
When I would get them, I would be in total agony. If you have them, you know what I mean, it would hurt to even talk if the sore rubbed up against your teeth just so. I once left work, mid-stride - to walk over to the nearby pharmacy and find a painkiller - a good one is called Cank-aid - it covers it like a liquid bandage, but in your mouth.
I asked my dentist and he said they're usually caused by an irritation to the tissues in your mouth - like acids from tomatoes in the summer. And also, there is a pointless ingredient in toothpaste that's added to make it foamy that can cause them [canker sore irritations], it's called SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE. Why don't you try to find a toothpaste without that?
So I went on a hunt. I only found one toothpaste in all of Target/Walgreens/any pharmacy anywhere - Sensodyne Pronamel - that doesn't have the nasty ingredient. It's $4-5 per tube, but I can often find $1 off coupons.
|Right now, I have the white cap one. Easy Mac uses it too.|
And guess what? I've only had one canker sore in the two years since my dentist told me this, and that was from accidentally biting my cheek [out came the Cank-aid]. The Sensodyne is totally worth the money, and it still foams up when I brush, so I really don't know what difference the sodium laurel sulfate makes in other toothpastes anyway. It's one of those inactive ingredients. It's possibly a conspiracy against Americans.
I might have to take this up with my Congressional representatives.
*This is not a paid endorsement of Sensodyne. I wish. I just thought you'd like to know.