Canker Sores?

Check your tooth paste.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a common ingredient in most toothpastes, hand soaps and shampoos. Its the same powerful degreaser used by mechanics to clean engine parts. Its cheap and foams up wonderfully, so people feel like they’re really getting in there with the cleaning. The problem is, it s toxic, an irritant , its too effective at st ripping natural oils from the skin, and for those who are sensitive to it , can trigger frequent painful canker sores when used in toothpaste.

If these are a problem for you or someone you know, I suggest switching to a non SLS toothpaste for a few months. You may be pleasantly surprised; gaining relief from an irritating painful condition.

If this does not solve the problem, two other remedies may greatly shorten the duration. The first is copper sulfate, otherwise known as bluestone. It stings for a few moments when first applied, but when my mother used it on us many years ago, the ulcers healed within a day or two. If your local pharmacy or health food store cant provide it, any scientific supply store should have it. The other is simply a paste of baking soda.

Other home remedies which may not work as quickly include gargling with salt water or Tea tree oil, or holding a Sorrel leave against the Canker until soggy.

Yours in good health.

David Gilbert
EcoSys Wellness Center

The above is not intended as medical advice. As always, consult with your physician before making changes.