Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Homemaking Tip—Rinse, Spit, Repeat

(thank you Google images)

Got canker sores? Several years ago a dental hygienist recommended Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse 0.12% to swab on them (except I full-out rinse with it). It's been my friend ever since (especially the last few days). It doesn’t cure my mouth from cankering, but it certainly helps them heal faster. You can get it from your dentist. (*Remember this is neighborly advice not professional.)

The list of foods (and toothpastes) that give me canker sores is growing: walnuts, pecans, oranges, grapefruits, pineapple, Crest, and I suspect bananas, too. Do you get canker sores? What gives them to you?

(Do parenthesis ever run away with you in a post?)


deidra said...

I get carried away with parentheses all the time. It's ridiculous.

I don't get canker sores very often. I ate four of your six suspects today, so thank goodness I don't, or I'd be in trouble!

Derek-Jenny-Kaitlynd-Ethan-Dylan said...

I am a .... kind of girl. I can't help it.

I don't get them very often. They are usually from sour candies or chewing gum. Ick...they are awful.

Cali said...

Hey, I've got a round of canker sores right now too. Maybe one of us doesn't really have canker sores... but instead one of us is just having sympothy pains for the other. I think I'm the one with a real one, though (wink).

Parenthases don't run away me... but elipses sure do. I blame it on my genetics (thank you Cactus Cal)

Love, Cali

Becky said...

I use parentheses and ellipses (these dots)...all the time!

Hope your canker sores feel better soon!

Thankfully, I almost never get canker sores...horrible cavities, yes...canker sores, no.

Cassidy said...

Do you think this would work with cold sores? If so, than this is JUST what Bo needs.

Nikki said...

I find that stuff ubergross. But it definitely works.

I've noticed that I use a lot of dashes-- like when I really want to use parenthesis instead. It's like an afterthought sort of thing or something. I suppose I am somewhat parenthesis-a-phobic. I used to use them too much. Now I use dashes too much. And fragments. And starting sentences with "and." But this is mostly just in blogging and comments-- not in real life writing, journaling, etc.

Michelle said...

I get them and hate them. I take L-Lysine for them and then I mix liquid maalox and liquid benadryl in equal parts and swish and spit - very soothing!

I have several foods too but stress is the main motivator for me as I can eat those foods just fine as long as I am not at a high stress level.

I know how bad they hurt so I send you a big hug - wrap your left arm around your right and your right arm around your left and squeeze - there is a hug from me to you!

michelle said...

Walnuts do it to me. And sucking on hard candies, so I avoid those.

I quite often have parentheses running away from me!

Jill said...

Parenthesis always run away from me (but I'm okay with that) because I love them so much.

I've never heard of this stuff, so thanks for the tip!

Barb said...

most people only suffer from canker sores as teens and young adults, so my canker sores have really reduced from 10 years ago (i guess i fit the statistic)
I'm surprised you can get Chlorhexidine rinse without a prescription - can't do that here.
Chlorhexidine is good for fighting gum disease, but it stains your teeth (it can be polished off at the dentist) with over use.

emily said...

Hi neighbor, I'm introducing myself as a new reader. I am cousin to Michelle O. and reader of her's and Jill's blogs. Your blog is a new member of my Reader, and I look forward to keeping up with your posts.

Deidra said...

I get canker sores when I am really stressed out or from almost any kind of nut. I wish I had known about this stuff when I first started teaching in August!

Emma J said...

My grandpa (a chemist) once explained to me that canker and cold sores erupt when you have too much arginine (an amino acid found in things like . . . walnuts) and that the amino acid that balances arginine is lysine. So I take lysine regularly.

Except that sometimes lately I get them very badly when out in the sun too much (long bike trips) or when stressed. My brother (a dentist) suggested Valtrex (or valacyclavir) which is a perscription drug - very expensive, very effective.

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Anonymous said...

Canker sores-I usually just tell my self, "Self, you eat WAY too much sugar" (These things) (can never) (be used) (too) much!....or like my proper english don't you

Anonymous said...

The only true cure I've found for canker sores is ExLax. I'd heard about this cure from a college friend and was desperate enough to try it ONCE. Yes, it cured the canker sores completely and quickly, but created a whole host of other symptoms. I don't advise it.

The toothpaste isn't working, eh? Emily is a staunch believer.

Love you,

Alisa said...

Wow, I had no idea that canker sores could be caused by so many things. I don't really suffer much from them. Sorry you seem to have it bad with them!
I use ... way to often.