Canker Sore Diary
January 20, 2007
SLS Free Toothpaste or SLS Containing Toothpaste
Keep track of whether or not you used an SLS free or SLS containing
toothpaste. We suggest that you try using an SLS free toothpaste on a trial basis to see whether or
not this results in a reduction of canker sores.
I am still using toothpaste containing SLS. The brand is Brand X Tarter
Control toothpaste. I brushed my teeth three times today. I plan to switch to an SLS free
Foods Eaten Today
Research has shown that sensitivity to certain foods may trigger canker sores in some people.
The foods often implicated are listed below. Keep track of the amount of each of these suspect
foods you have eaten during the day.
Nuts: I ate a small bag of peanuts
Oranges: I ate two oranges this afternoon
Peanut Butter: I ate two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for
Chocolate: I staid late at work to finish project. I had two
chocolate bars to hold me over until dinner
Whole Milk: Two glasses of milk with breakfast
Stressful Events That Happened Today
Stress has been shown to be a factor in causing canker sores. Keep track of stressful events
such as job challenges / conflicts, financial pressures, etc. Also remember to record "good stress"
such as marriage, a promotion, a birth, etc.
Boss is really getting on my case. Keeps looking over my back to make sure
the project gets done on time. I'll probably have to spend a few late nights at the office. Little
Billy is failing geometry and the in-laws want to come by this week.
I'm excited that Sally got accepted to Harvard. We will be celebrating
Nicks, Bruises, or Trauma to Inside of Mouth
Minor trauma to the inside lining of the mouth can rapidly lead to canker
sores. Keep track of things you do that might cause trauma to the inside of your mouth. These
Eating hard candy, pretzels, or potato chips:
I nicked the inside of my mouth twice today eating a hard peice of candy
Biting inside of mouth
Brushing too hard
I am definitely brushing my teeth too hard. I am planning on purchasing the
Alert Toothbrush soon.
In this section keep note of any canker sore outbreaks. Indicate the day the canker
sores began, their location, and size. Rate the pain associated with each canker sore on a
scale of 1-10 (1 being least, 10 being worst).
Today is the fourth day that I have had a canker sore outbreak. I have
about three small ulcers on the lower right inside of my cheek.
About 5 mm in width, very red outline, pain=4, second day sore has been present.
Farthest back in mouth, 7mm in width, slight red outline, pain=8, second day sore has been
About 2mm in width, covered with greyish membrane, pain=3, fourth day sore has been
Indicate any medications or
treatments that you have been taking to treat your canker sores. Record amounts and times
Today I applied Zilactin gel 3 times (once after breakfast, once mid-day, once
before dinner) It worked OK, reduced pain for about 3 hours. I think I will try one of the
antimicrobial mouthwashes during the next outbreak. A friend said that it worked