Many Americans, actually 20% in fact, struggle with canker sores. Still more, if your parents had canker sores, you are 90% likely to get them as well. If you are female, you are twice as likely to get canker sores as men are. This all seems incredibly unfair and painful.

Canker sores can last from 10 days to months and leave scarring even after the canker sores have healed. We know that the pain from canker sores can prove to be frustrating, especially when they hinder eating, sleeping, and talking.

Did you know that your toothpaste’s ingredients could be irritating the canker sores? We feel that no person should have to struggle with canker sores because of wanting good dental hygiene.

The team at Homestead Market has selected six products that can help you find relief from Canker Sores.

  1. - 1.5. Squigle® Enamel Saver® Toothpaste with Flouride & Tooth Builder® Toothpaste

    Both of these toothpastes are mouth friendly and free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS) and other ingredients that can irritate canker sores including cocamidopropyl betaine, tarter control agents, and bleaches. These two canker-sore-friendly toothpastes have 36% Xylitol by weight which inhibits the growth of plaque.

    Did you know that plaque secretes irritating acids, which may trigger canker sores? So, less plaque means fewer canker sores.

    Squigle® Enamel Saver® has a mild mint flavor that helps prevent the irritation of delicate tissues, and it contain fluoride.

    Tooth Builder® is flavor free and fluoride free.

    We recommend brushing with either of these toothpastes twice daily. If you are switching from an over-the-counter or store brand, we would recommend trying the Squigle® Enamel Saver® first as it is most like your traditional toothpaste. However, because of being SLS free, these toothpastes do not “foam” like traditional toothpaste.

  2. Zilactin®-B Long Lasting Mouth Sore Gel

    Zilactin®-B is a gel with patented bioadhesive that creates a barrier over canker sores and other mouth sores that locks in powerful medicine. The gel barrier lasts for up to 6 hours, and its main ingredient -- an oral pain reliever, benzocaine -- is proven to help provide relief from canker sores.

    This canker sore product is for adults and children 2 years of age and older. For children under 12, please provide adult supervision.

    How do you use Zilactin®-B? Easy! Just dry the affected area, then apply a thin coat of the gel with a cotton swab or clean finger. Allow the canker sore and mouth sore gel to dry for 30-60 seconds. You can apply up to 4 times daily.

  3. Source Naturals® Propolis Extract

    Honey Bees help create this propolis tincture that supports the healing of canker sores, mouth sores, and mouth ulcers. Did you know that propolis is a natural substance collected from poplar trees by the honey bees to protect their hives from contamination? Source Naturals® Propolis Extract is rich in bioflavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and organic acids.

    How do you use this propolis extract on canker sores?

    Gently dry the canker sore (or sores) with a cotton swab, squeeze several drops of the Propolis Tincture onto a second swab and dab it on the canker sore. You can repeat this process throughout the day between 4-5 times as needed.

    *Bee products may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Do discontinue use if this occurs.

  4. Durham Canker-Rid®

    One of our top selling products, Durham Canker-Rid® is a resinous substance which honey bees gather from tree barks and leaves. This resin mixes with nectar, wax, pollen, and bee bread to form Propolis. Durham Canker-Rid® numbs the affected area as it starts the healing process.

    Did you know that Propolis acts as an infection protectant and a preventative supplement to provide a superior source of bioflavonoids and amino acids?

    For best results: dry saliva from the canker sore, or other sores, with a paper towel. Using the Durham Canker-Rid® bottle, apply 1-2 drops to canker sore. If you would like easier application, apply Durham Canker-Rid® to canker sore with a cotton swab saturated in the propolis, about 3-5 drops. Once Durham Canker-rid® has been applied, breathe through the mouth to speed drying.

    At first you may have a burning sensation, but immediate relief will follow.

    *Please test for sensitivity. Observe for any adverse reaction as bee products can cause allergic reactions. Discontinue use if reactions occur.
    **You can swallow Canker-Rid® and/or use it to help provide relief from sore throat symptoms.

  5.  DenTek Canker Cover® Canker Sore Patch

    Canker Covers are tablet-like patches that are made from edible ingredients. These canker sore relief patches stick to any canker sore within a few seconds to form a clear, gel patch that lasts between 8 to 12 hours. The patch acts a protective barrier and blocks the canker sore from irritants like braces, drinks, foods, etc., while at the same time releases nutrients that help to heal the canker sore.

    These patches have a natural mint flavor and a single patch will help treat most canker sores. The active ingredient is Menthol, which is an oral pain reliever.

    How to Use: Pat the canker sore dry with a tissue. Place the canker cover patch on a clean, dry finger with the white side up. Next, place the white side on the sore and hold it in place for about 20 seconds. Some discomfort may occur within the first few minutes, but subsides quickly, followed by hours of relief that many find soothing. You can expect that within 30 minutes of the application, the tablet will form a clear, gel-like bandage that seals and helps protect the canker sore. A person may use up to 3 patches per day. These patches are not recommended for children 5 years of age or under.

You can find these products here within our Canker Sore Page along with bundles or kits that include some of our top-selling Canker Sore Products. Save 12% on the products in the kits while getting great products that help provide relief from canker sores.

Jana Duval is the Marketing Manager at Homestead Market
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