A cancer sore (aphthous stomatitis) is an open sore in the mouth. They are typically white and surrounded by a bright red area. These lesions are benign (not cancer) and occur on the moveable tissue inside the mouth or on the tongue. They do not appear on the outside of the lips. The exact cause of canker sores is unknown. Stress or tissue injury will often cause these sores to appear.
For those individuals who get these lesions frequently, we have found that one of the main causes is the presence of sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a detergent added to toothpaste to produce foaming and to break down oils. In doing this it also causes drying of the oral tissues. Some people are more sensitive to sodium lauryl sulfate than others and suffer from weekly to daily problems with canker sores.
If you frequently get canker sores, one of the simplest remedies is to switch to toothpaste without this foaming agent. Depending on your specific need we can help guide you as to which toothpaste might work best for your individual situation.
Here is a list of some of the most popular toothpastes without sodium lauryl sulfate:
- Sensodyne PRONAMEL
- Tooth and Gums Paste (an herbal paste available at the Studio)
- Rembrant for Canker Sore Sufferers
- Tom’s of Maine SLS Free
- Squigle Enamel Saver Toothpaste
- Prevident for Dry Mouth (available by prescription or at the Studio)