Trauma to the inside of
the mouth commonly triggers canker sore (mouth
ulcer) outbreaks. Suprisingly, what we may
consider normal behavoir actually traumatizes
the inside of our mouths. To dramatically
reduce your changes of developing canker sores
Stop Brushing So
Nearly two out of three people apply too much
pressure when brushing their teeth. The problem
is that most people do not realize that the
pressure they are applying while brushing is
too great. The inside of the mouth is damaged
as a result, triggering the formation of canker
sores (mouth ulcers).
It is incredibly hard to stop applying too
mush brushing pressure. We may be able to stop
for a day or two, but quickly return to our old
Think of it as driving a car with no
speedometer. It is nearly impossible to know
how fast you're going and very easy to exceed
the speed limit.
electric toothbrushes like the Braun 3D contain
pressure sensors that shut the toothbrush off
when you apply too much pressure.
A less expensive option is the Alert
toothbrush. The Alert is shaped just like a
regular toothbrush. When you exert too much
pressure a small biosensor lights, alerting you
to the danger.
With the Alert you'll soon be brushing with
the proper pressure, dramatically reducing your
chances of developing canker sores.
Stop Biting the Inside of Your
Many people bite their lip or inside of their
mouth. Like brushing too hard, this can trigger
the formation of canker sores. We encourage
people not to bite the insides of their mouth
or the sides of their lips. Many people do this
as a nervous habit.
Others tend to bite the insides of their
mouth while sleeping. For these people, we
often suggest that a mouth guard be worn during
sleep. This is often very effective at
preventing further oral trauma.
Avoid "Crunchy" or Hard
Hard, crunchy foods can nick the inside of the
mouth, initiating the formation of canker
sores. We strongly encourage people to stay
away from foods like potato chips, pretzels,
cut apples, and hard candies. People should
also avoid biting or chewing pen caps, small
pastic objects, or anything else that might
nick, abrade, or otherwise traumatize the oral
vitamin a day may keep canker sores away