Cankers! Help me, bees!

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Member
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@PermaStudent:  Have you tried putting alum directly on them?  It’s supposed to work wonders.  Also, people swear by buying toothpaste that doesn’t have sodium laurel sulfate in it.  I usually swish with warm salt water then I dry the sore really well and coat it with 3 or 4 layers of canker sore anesthetic with benzocaine in it.  I allow that to dry before shutting my mouth so it protects it longer.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I feel your pain!!  I’ve suffered from canker sores my whole life mostly when I’m stressed too!  I’ve done a lot of research and found a few studies linking sodium lauryl sulfate (ingredient in almost all toothpastes) to canker sores. It wasn’t conclusive as to whether it caused them or just exacerbated them… I don’t remember the details from the study but I did switch my toothpaste to a sodium lauryl sulfate free one and it’s changed my life. I get significantly less cankers now.  I use Sensodyne whitening but read the labels because some Sensodyne’s have SLS. 

The other thing I’ve found is a miracle is the new Colgate Peroxyl mouth sore rinse. It’s a hydrogen peroxide mouth rinse you swish around for 30 secs then spit when you have a sore. It really really speeds up the healing and I find it’s less painful throughout the day too. I sound like an advertisement here haha but I can’t stress how helpful it has been!

Post # 7
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10489 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ve had prescription mouthwashes at various times.  I think once it was for canker sores.  I’ve also heard that canker sores are linked to a vitamin C deficiency.

Luckily, I don’t get them often anymore.  I used to get a few every time my braces were tightened.  They were also linked to my menstrual cycles, so BCPs helped too.

Post # 8
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@PermaStudent:  salt water  (really really concentrated 1 tsp in 1/4cup water) and oragel are the only things I can suggest.  

Post # 9
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895 posts
Busy bee

oragel, lots of vitamins, and water

Post # 11
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715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@PermaStudent:  yeah it sounds like you get them worse than me.  I’m so so sorry you can’t find relief.  People don’t realize what a huge impact cankers can have on day to day activities… Talking, eating.. Excruciating! Hope you feel better soon!

Post # 14
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336 posts
Helper bee

Following this post. I get them too, every month, right before my period. I started to get them when I was 16 and I had a TERRIBLE case of tonsilities. They would come on about 8 at a time. Now, I’ll only get one or two, but it happens every month. Nothing seems to help. However, to agree with a PP, I’ve heard alum works wonders too, but I haven’t gotten around to getting any. Good luck, OP!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@PermaStudent:  So do I! Mine only get half the size of a dime, but I’ve gotten 2-4 at a time before. And they last for weeks.

I brush my teeth twice a day, use mouthwash both times, and gargle with hydrogen peroxide (it’s bottled at 10%, so no need to dilute it) after EVERYTHING you eat.

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