Over the last few days I have had a sore area of skin on the inside of my mouth, to start with I thought it would just go away on its own without using anything, however after a couple of days of it rubbing when I ate and generally annoying me I decided I needed to put something on it so when my Husband nipped to our local Tesco for a few bits I asked him to pick me up a tube of Bonjela, he actually came back with Bonjela Cool Mint Gel, this was one I hadn't tried before, but if it worked I really wasn't fussy what flavour it was.
Bonjela is basically a gel which can be applied to the inside of the mouth to help deal with mouth ulcers or sore areas, it contains a pain killer, anti inflammatory and also an antiseptic, basically the gel will help to reduce the pain and any swelling and also prevent infection all at the same time.
The version I had, Bonjela Cool Mint Gel is basically a clear gel, it is of quite a thick consistency so that it stays on your finger as you apply it and does not run straight off as soon as you move. The smell of this product I can only describe as smelling like Bonjela, it has a distinctive smell to it which is quite strong, it has a sort of clinical fragrance to it, but it is not unpleasant, I actually expected this version to smell of mint, however this was not the case.
I do not dislike the taste of Bonjela but I was quite keen to see if the mint flavour was any better, as soon as I put the gel into my mouth I could instantly taste the mint, it was mixed with the traditional Bonjela taste, however the mint was quite a strong taste and I did quite like the combination.
Despite Bonjela being of quite a thick consistency I do find that sometimes it can be a bit tricky to apply, especially in hard to reach places of your mouth and I often end up eating more of it that I get on the effected area, however the sore area this time was just on the side of my mouth so easy for me to get to, I simply squeezed a small amount of the Bonjela Cool onto my finger and gently rubbed it into the area.
You can repeat this every 3 hours, however personally I apply it more often than that, but it is recommended that your follow the instructions on the leaflet inside the box and also the instructions that are written on the side of the packaging.
Bonjela Cool Mint Gel is described as an adult product and this is clearly stated on the side of the tube, it is not recommended for children under 16 years old, there are also further details as to who can and cant use this product on the instruction leaflet including those suffering with stomach ulcers, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, full details of these restrictions can be found on the instruction leaflet inside the box.
There are a few warnings that come with this product but they are pretty standard for this type of product and state that you should keep Bonjela Cool Mint Gel out of reach of children. It also states that you should not exceed the recommended dose and should seek medical attention should this happen.
As I mentioned earlier my tube of Bonjela Cool Mint Gel came from our local Tesco, the 15g tube cost £3.29 which to start with I thought was a bit on the expensive side, however it does work out quite economical as you only need a small amount of the gel at a time, also if it works then in my opinion it is worth the money.
I have been using Bonjela Cool Mint Gel on the sore area of skin in my mouth for a few days now and it really has worked. When I first apply the gel to the area it does sting a little, however this is not unbearable, it also leaves a slight tingling feeling on other areas that the gel may touch such as your tongue, but again this is not painful.
The stinging wore off within a minute at the most and I noticed that the pain I had been feeling in the sore area had dulled considerably, the gel seemed to sooth and ease the pain straight away.
After applying the gel for a couple of days I noticed a large improvement, I was still experiencing a slight pain where the skin was sore but nothing compared to what it had been. I found the gel very easy to apply, the metal tube it came in made it easy to squeeze the gel out and the small hole in the end of the plastic nozzle on the end of the tube made sure that I did not squeeze out too much and waste it, there was a small screw on cap as well which prevented the gel from leaking from the tube meaning I could take it out with me in my handbag.
I was pleased with the level of product information that Bonjela Cool Mint Gel came with, all of the relevant information you may need is present and easy to read and follow, everything is explained in simple terms so there is no confusion for first time users.
In my opinion this product was definitely worth the money I paid for it, purely for the fact that it worked, also despite regular use I have used hardly any of the gel and still have nearly a full tube, you really do only need a small amount at a time making it long lasting.
For me the minty flavour is nicer than the plain Bonjela flavour (although I don't mind either) but the mint helps it to live up to its name and does give it a cooling effect. I would definitely recommend this product and it is something that I would buy again in the future.
When it comes to those horrible, painful mouth ulcers, there is only one treatment for me, and that is bonjela.
Bonjela is a pain relieving clear gel which helps to reduce inflammation and fight infection in mouth ulcers, denture sore spots and cold sores. It is produced by Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) ltd, and has been around for over 40 years.
The cool mint Adult gel is a very similar product to the basic gel, but is especially for adults (over the age of 16). The reason for this is that the adult mint gel contains chlorine salicylate and cetalkonium chloride, which help to reduce the inflammation and it also has antiseptic properties in it to reduce infection. Bonjela cool adult gel is strictly only for people aged 16 or over because there is a possible association between salicylates and Reye's syndrome when given to children.
~~ The Packaging ~~
Bonjela Cool Adult mint gel comes in a blue, white and green cardboard box, with bright white writing on it. Inside the cardboard box is a little tube, containing 15 grams of the gel, with a white plastic cap on the end of it. The tube simply needs a little squeeze to encourage the gel to slide out of the opening of the tube.
~~ Bonjela Cool Adult Mint Gel~~
The gel inside the tube is a clear gel, which is quite thick in consistency and smells and tastes great! The taste is sweet, with a nice gentle flavour of mint, which is cool on the mouth. The gel is sugar free, which I suspect is because it has a lot of contact with teeth and gums, and so the lack of sugar helps the teeth stay in good condition.
I have used it regularly over the years every time that I get an ulcer, and it always works really quickly in terms of stopping the pain and the stinging effects of an ulcer.
To apply the gel, simply squeeze the tube onto a clean finger, until approximately 1 cm of the gel has come out of the tube onto the finger, this gel can then be massaged into the required area or ulcer using the finger.
I find the gel stings my ulcers a little bit when it first makes contact with them, but after a few seconds it quickly gets to work, and starts to numb the area around the ulcer, taking the pain away very effectively. This procedure can only be repeated every 3 hours, and I often find that the pain relief from the bonjela only lasts about 2 hours at most, leaving a small period of painful time before the gel can be re-applied.
This doesn't tend to be a problem for me though, as the main time that I need to use the bonjela is during the night, when I wake up with a mouth in pain! Once the bonjela has been applied, and started to work, I soon fall back off to sleep again, and then just apply it again when I get up in the morning.
The packaging does contain a whole host of warnings such as:
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If the symptoms persist speak to your doctor or dentist.
Keep out of reach and site of children.
Do not use if the seal on the cap is broken.
The cost of one of these 15 gram tubes is around the £2:50 - £3:00 range, and it is available from most chemists and supermarkets. A tube of this lasts a long time due to the tiny amount of the gel that is used during each application. I tend to find the tube will go past its expiry date well before the gel runs out.
Overall bonjela Cool mint adult gel is a great product, which tastes great, and very quickly relieves the pain associated with ulcers, tooth ache, and cold sores. I always keep a tube in my first aid cupboard, as it is a 'must' when the ulcers start to erupt in my mouth!
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
Bonjela cool adult minty gel.
Bonjela cool adult minty gel is a clear gel that can be used to provide temporary relief from sores in the mouth ranging from teething discomfort in babies to adults with problems such as rubbing dentures or mouth ulcers. However the baby teething gel is specially formulated for babies over the age of 2 months as oral Salicylate has been banned in products for children under the age of 16. Bonjela has been around for over forty years and is a reliable and safe medicine.
I have had the misfortune to have had to resort to bonjela when I developed mouth ulcers and this can be due to the fact that I am run down, tired and in need of a holiday. Mouth ulcers can be quite uncomfortable in fact they can be jolly well painful and by using Bonjela it can offer some temporary relief from the pain associated with this. Mouth ulcers can be caused by a number of reasons including biting the side of the mouth, a jagged tooth rubbing against the gum or cheek which are the most common reasons. Other conditions can lead to mouth ulceration and if they persist for over two weeks then medical investigation should be sought. The adult version contains choline salicylate and cetalkonium chloride. Not only does it help reduce the inflammation it also has antiseptic properties in it to reduce infection.
Where can I buy Bonjela?
Bonjela cool mint gel adult is available from most supermarkets and chemists such as Boots and superdrug. The size I bought was a 15g tube which comes in a small oblong blue box and cost me £2.74. The lid of the tube has a small piece in the cap which you have to use to pierce through the metal seal which prevents any tampering or contamination. Inside the box is a small information leaflet which tells you how to use it and potential side effects and warnings. One should always bear in mind that not all these side effects will happen to everyone in fact they are only reported because someone has experienced them and they may well not have been caused by Bonjela but occurred as a coincidence. If in doubt ask your pharmacist or your GP.
How to apply it.
Wash your hands and put a small node of bonjela on your finger and rub it onto the ulcer or sore.
Does it work I hear you ask?
Well it did for a short while which I would have preferred to have lasted a bit longer only giving relief for about an hour and a bit but the relief from the discomfort was worthwhile while it lasted. You can use it every three hours.
If you are using it because dentures are rubbing and causing pain then you can apply it but they recommend that you do not put your dentures in for half an hour as it can cause more problems. I would not be aware of this as I have all my own teeth thankfully.
You should not use it under the age of 16.
If you are allergic to aspirin.
If you have a stomach ulcer.
If you are taking anticoagulants.
This is really quite good for giving temporary relief from painful gums or inside your cheeks. I would recommend it and give it 4 stars due to it only giving short term relief.
So I have a big habit of biting my lips and cheeks because I have a small jaw and too many teeth for it. I have had all of my wisdom teeth since the age of 16 and as my teeth go right too the back it is pretty easy for my teeth to chomp down on my poor cheeks - the harder the chomp the more likely I am to create an ulcer. I also get ulcers when I'm run down and I hate them, they make my mouth ache and I generally just mope around feeling sorry for myself; it was time to hunt down the Bonjela and stop trying to sting the thing to death with ketchup.
I went to Superdrug as I do for most of my buys and found that there was now a Bonjela for adults over 16 year of age. I thought this was bizarre as I had never seen it before but this contains choline salicylate which could be linked to Reye's Syndrome in children hence the adult title it has; as I am clearly over 16 I decided to purchase this at £1.99 which I couldn't say no too as my mouth was hurting :(
Bonjela comes in a neat little box 115mm x 30mm x 25mm which is blue and fades to green at the right side. One side and front of the box has Bonjela written large in white letters and adult with 'from 16 years only' at the top.
The back says Bonjela is indicated for the relief of pain associated with ulcers, braces and denture pain and can also be used with cold sores. Bonjela can help with pain, inflammation and fights infection.
WARNINGS: Do not give this product to children and adolescents under the age of 16.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Consult your doctor if symptoms persist beyond 7 days.
Do not use after the expiry date.
The side has ingredient and usage information.
INGREDIENTS: 8.714% choline salicylate and 0.01% cetalkonium chloride as actives. Also contains ethanol.
The box is easy to open and when opened there is a small (15g) tube of Bonjela and an instruction leaflet. The leaflet contains information for the user, what Bonjela is used for, before you use it, how to use, possible side effects, how to store and other information which is great for first time users.
The tube is blue and has similar information to the box and instruction leaflet but on a smaller scale to fit the tube size. The lid is plastic white screw top being a little bit fiddly due to its size but manageable. Upon first use the screw top is sealed like pop bottle with a neck ring and means there is not fiddly foil seal to pierce.
To use just squeeze a blob of Bonjela from the tube and massage on the ulcer (this can be a little uncomfotable). It can be awkward to rub the gel on the ulcer depending where it is but when on the gel is often thick enough to remain on the surface for a little while. The gel can be reapplied after 3 hours.
I find the gel quite sweet and not unpleasant when on the tongue or swallowed but can end up numbing the tongue which feels a bit weird.
I do trust Bonjela and recommend it as I have used it for years with my ulcers. I find Bonjela numbs the pain for a few hours and helps me forget the ulcer but I do have a habit of licking my ulcers and I often rub the gel off too quickly.
I have actually got this in my mouth at the time of writing this (hence why I actually thought of reviewing it). I have braces and the jagged metal in my mouth causes so many ulcers al of the time and therefore having some sort of ulcer gel is essential to prevent the inside of my mouth essentially rotting.
I have always used Bonjela gel because of how well it works. If I do not use any mouth ulcer gel, the ulcers will generally stay in my mouth for just over a week or so. If I use the gel even a couple of times (It is recommended to use it every 4 hours - but I tend to forget) the ulcers will go a couple of days sooner. I suspect that using it as intended would shift them in a couple of days.
To apply the clear gel, you simply place about a centimetre (pea) sized drop on your finger and massage it in. I have found that this can be pretty difficult depending on where in your mouth it is. With braces, my ulcers tend to be on my lips and therefore they are easily accessible, however as it is a curved surface it tends to be difficult to rub in without it just sliding away. If you have them on the inside of your cheek, despite it being easier to rub in it is far less accessible with your finger. The time it takes to apply the gel usually, for me, means a large build up of saliva and therefore it can get a little messy.
This gel is only suitable to over 16s as, on the tube it says: "...there is a possible association between salicylates and Reye's syndrome when given to children...". So best to use the specialise children's version if you need to treat their ulcers.
The gel tends to burn on the ulcers when applied, especially is the ulcer is big. I suppose this is the point (It is essentially burning the ulcer) but it can get uncomfortable.
Bonjela is a great gel for mouth ulcers. It's really easy to use too. Simply break the seal on the tube (with the cap) and squeeze out a small amount of the gel. Simply rub the gel onto your ulcer and wait for it to get to work. The last tube of this that I bought cost me £2.19 from a local store. The gel tastes nice enough. It has a sweet minty taste that tastes pleasant enough. I would recommend using the gel AFTER brushing your teeth (or throughout the day as required) as brushing your teeth straight after will remove the gel. The gel needs time to get to work properly. However once it gets to work it actually numbs your ulcer so you get a pain free period (usually around three hours). It also has a lovely cooling sensation.
The gel can be a little frustrating to use as it can sometimes slip off the ulcer. Your saliva sometimes causes the gel to slip off, thus leaving the ulcer without any treatment. Also, if you use too much of the gel it can sometimes leave you feeling a little sick. Try not to swallow the gel as this wouldn't be good for you. The gel contains a high amount of sugar so it wouldn't be good for your teeth. Just use the gel as directed without using too much of it. Less is more with this product.
Bonjela Cool is widely available to buy too. It's good value compared to other remedies on the market.
A few days ago, I had the worst mouth ulcer ever; It was a big massive thing, right on the 'thing' that connects your gum to your lip, so every time I moved my lips it would hurt. Eating and drinking was a nightmare. I do get mouth ulcers quite a bit, although they are usually little ones which don't bother me and usually disappear within a couple of days. NOT THIS ONE!
I am the kind of person who does not like using 'medicine' unless I really have to. So to begin with, I was not happy...but I was up for 'leaving it alone' and let it disappear in its own time. However ,after four whole days of agony and no sign of it vacating the premises anytime soon, I had to bring the Bonjela in.
For those of you who don't know, Bonjela is a leading British brand in the United Kingdom. Bonjela is designed for mouths; whether its sore gums you have or an ulcer. There are different versions available. Today, I will be reviewing 'Bonjela Cool' which you can buy from most supermarkets and chemists for around £3.
The Bonjela comes in a small tube; simply squeeze the tube and the Bonjela will 'squirt out'. The Bonjela consists of a clear gel. You only need around 1cm - and making sure you have clean fingers, apply it to the affected area.
When I first applied it, it proper stung and I instantly regretted putting Bonjela on it. It really hurts and makes your eye water. However, I was also thinking that if the ulcer was stinging then the Bonjela must have been working. After a few seconds I couldn't feel my ulcer - something I was very pleased about
The Bonjela lasted for around 3 or 4 hours and then the pain returned and it was time to add some more. Luckily the ulcer did eventually disappeared (after been there for around 6 days!).
The Bonjela has a really cooling effect and my mouth tasted all minted and felt really fresh.
Whilst this Bonjela worked for me, unfortunately it is not suitable for children under the age of 16 as there is something in it that can cause brain and liver damage, which is quite scary. It put me off using it at first. I was ok though and didn't suffer any side effects.Remember to read the full instructions before using.
I would definitely use this Bonjela again!
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I always get mouth ulcers and when I get them I don't just get one I get several I generally get them when I'm stressed or worried and they really hurt. They stop me from enjoying certain drinks, food and especially hurt when I clean my teeth.
Now I use Bonjela you can get it from various chemists such as Lloyds, Boots, Superdrug and you can even buy it at Morrison's which I always get mine from its around £2.60 , which I thinks a really good price as you get 15grams in the tube. and it does last quite awhile.
I have to admit it is really painful when you apply it and I have to grit my teeth but the pain does go after about 20 seconds, it does make them feel slightly numb but not enough to eat stuff like chocolate. It tastes like aniseed which I quite like but if you're not a fan then I suggest use something else.
I tend to find that if you put quite a bit on your finger then rub it into the ulcer only a slight bit will actually go on the ulcer the rest ends up in your mouth so it is best to just rub a small bit in a couple of times that way it gets the ulcer better. It still takes me about a week to get rid of the ulcer sometimes more but I guess that would depend on the person and if they get ulcers a lot.
Still a product i would use as i have had an ulcer for 3weeks without using anything .
I often suffer from mouth ulcers since being a child and was given Bonjela to use by my parents. I have used other mouth ulcer treatments since, but I always keep a tube of this handy at home.
---About the product:
Bonjela comes in a handy blue tube inside a blue box with lots of instructions on the side. The tube is a metallic style tube with a white plastic lid. The tube contains 15g and tells you all about the active ingredients (which I won't bore you with). The idea of Bonjela is to treat mouth ulcers or mouth sores
caused by dentures. It is supposed to relieve pain and swelling and to help fight the infection that has caused the ulcers. Bonjela is sugar-free and comes in an original and a cool flavour. They now recommend that Bonjela is not given to children under the age of 16 although there is a Bonjela teething gel that is also available.
I have used Bonjela a lot since I was younger and have found it to be very good at taking away the pain of a mouth ulcer wither on the gum or on the side of my mouth. I have even found it useful to help relieve pain if I've burnt my mouth as it soothes and cools it. It does not, however, seem to help with the recovery except to remove the pain. It might stop more irritation getting into it or infecting it, but there are other products I have used that actually help remove them which this doesn't. That said, as long as you're not expecting miracles, this is a very good product to use. It quickly relievess the pain and will last for up to several hours before it needs reapplying, depending on the severity of the pain. It is easy to apply to the gum as it seems to 'stick' well but it can be hard to stick to the sides of my as it is quite a thick gel and doesn't always want to leave my finger. I do find I have to apply quite a lot to ensure a decent coverage of the infected area. This causes other problems as if I apply to much, you end up swallowing some and it doesn't taste very nice.
I find the Bonjela Cool is much better than the original as it tastes a lot better and goes on without the nasty aftertaste (I always thought it tasted of fish...). I would definitely recommend buying this over the original flavour and I feel that it is a good buy to take away the pain of a mouth ulcer. As long as you don't expect this to actually cure your mouth ulcer, I would suggest you try it. It costs between £2.50 - £3.50 which is reasonable because the tube lasts a long time. The only other issue I've found is that because the tube is metallic, it does sometimes break slightly when it gets squashed in my bag, so I have to make sure I keep it safe!
I am forever getting serious cases of mouth ulcers and find them not only painful, but with it inhibiting my enjoyment of eating, it has other side effects. Plus given I perform a role where I am talking all day in front of groups and with individuals particularly bad ulcers can really stop me from doing my day to day job. They even have an effect on my sleeping habits.
So I was advised to try this Bonjela Cool adult mint gel. One problem I had had with these types of products in the past was that the taste was purely awful and made me feel sick which meant there was a horrid taste in my mouth throughout the entire day. The idea of this being mint appealed as I like the flavour and if it worked medically then job done.
All you need to do is place a small, about the size of a bean, amount of the gel on your finger and rub into gently into the ulcer. The pain goes straight away and this serves as a great pain relief. Within minutes once the minty taste has faded you are left with the feeling of a clean mouth even though the ulcer is still lurking in the background. I tend to see it last around 40 minutes before the pain starts to come back so usually apply once an hour and it works. The minty taste also freshens the mouth a little and just makes the whole oral hygiene feel better. It reduces pain and increases the rate at which the ulcer will fade. Left unattended my ulcer lasts 6-7 days, with Bonjelas its gone in 2.
The tubes are small however and you wont get much use out of a full pack so if like me you tend to get a lot of ulcers you will find yourself buying this every 3-4 weeks but for price and performance its well worth it at around £3 a tube.
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As i sit here typing away i realise there is a product i really should review mainly down to its 100% effective results. This is and has been for many years now my most faithful friend. I would like to introduce Bonjela!
Due to my age, hormones and just general stress I am always plagued by mouth ulcers that tend to heal very slowly causing me extreme pain and making me feel even more run down. Bonjela however is my little saviour allowing me for a few minutes a day to enjoy food without rolling around on the floor in agony (yes, OK maybe i am slightly exaggerating but it really hurts!)
The idea of Bonjela is to temporarily relieve mouth pain caused by ulcers, sores and teething issues. The tube is the size of kids toothpaste and last for ages as only a small amount is needed to act as pain relief. Just simply squirt a pea sized amount on to a *CLEAN* finger (if not your just sticking more bacteria in to an open wound!) and rub gently on and around the painful area. I will warn you for a few seconds you will be jumping around the room dribbling in pain until the lovely, beautiful numbness takes hold.
The effect last around 20 minutes but can be re-applied as needed throughout the day (make sure you read pack instruction before using just to check your suitability) Personally this is the only product i have found that provides such instant pain relief to mouth ulcers. Other types can be purchased from supermarket/chemists for all age groups (Babies to Adults) and is cost effective at around £2-£3.00 a tube.
I have a terrible habit of biting my tongue, and biting it hard. This often leads to an irritating, sore and very painful ulcer on my tongue which makes it very difficult and painful to eat, as well as causing a nuisance throughout the day. The first time I bit my tongue, I decided to just leave the ulcer be and wait for it to go, however it ended up inflaming and this meant a rush to buy some bonjela. Of course, the second time around, I now have a good regime to get rid of any ulcer. This includes a tube of Bonjela (which can be bought from a pharmacy or drug store such as boots and superdrug, for roughly £2.95), and a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of salt. My regime is simple. Rinse salt water in my mouth and spit, and keep repeating, and then afterwards rub bonjela onto the inflamed area of my tongue. Of course there's a bit of stinging, but its the only efficient way I have found to get rid of ulcers quickly and effectively. Whilst I do think the salt water is more effective than the bonjela, this review will be about Bonjela cool gel, for adults.
-What is Bonjela?-
Bonjela is a branded oral gel that is used to ease the pain and swelling of ulcers and sores. It is one of the main leading brands in the UK for oral gels. Bonjela has different products, some that are only suitable for adults and not for children (explanation is on the leaflet provided within the tube).
-What does the packaging look like?-
Bonjela is provided within a 15g blue and green tube. The tube has directions and important information which needs to be read before using the gel. The tube comes in a blue and green box (again 15g) which gives directions and information about ingredients, as well as if the product is suitable for children or not. The packaging is very bold and clear and easy to identify ona shop shelf.
-How do I use Bonjela?-
Simply massage a centimetre of the gel onto the sore area. repeat every 3 hours. Do not exceed the dosage. I have to say, that whilst the gel is effective and not much is needed when applying, it can be difficult at times to get the gel exactly in the area you want as the gel tends to end up going everywhere in your mouth, so I tend to just swish it around. It seems to work. It is important to also note that if you wear dentures, do not get the gel on the dentures. Probably because the gel is quite sticky and would be hard to get off.
-Is it effective?-
As I said, I do not think it is as effective as salt water, but it definitely does help ulcers and sores, especially in my case. I notice that once I have applied the gel, the ulcer is not as sore, and I will not feel pain for roughly 5 hours. After then, I do notice that my tongue begins to irritate me again, so more bonjela needs to be applied. My impressions from using this gel is that it is a slow, gradual healer that reduces the pain and swelling of the ulcer, but doesn't get rid of the ulcer altogether. It simply aids the natural healing process. It does say however that if there is no improvement within 7 days to go see your doctor. For my ulcers, I feel that after 2 days there is no noticeable pain any more, and after 3-4 days, the ulcer is gone altogether.
-What does it taste like?-
Obviously, if you are going to put something like this in your mouth, it helps if it tastes good to not deter you from using it!. I personally love the taste. It is very minty and even smells like a strong mint, but the taste is not too overpowering. It's more of a simple, cool, refreshing mint and is actually quite nice to take the salt water taste away! but I also imagine it's a nice taste for after eating a meal. It is also sugar free so does not taste sweet. It's just a good taste generally.
-Is there any side effects?-
I personally have had no side effects, and actually, thinking it just as a simple gel, I never really thought there would be any, but it does say on the packaging that the adult gel should not be given to children because there is a possible association between salicylates and Reye's syndrome. (this can effect the brain and liver and also be fatal) so definitely, do not give this adult gel to your child. There is a children's gel as an alternative.
An effective oral gel that tastes good and does what it advertises, but remember that the adult gel can be very harmful to children, so always follow instructions.
-Would I recommend it?-
I definitely would recommend this product. It's cheap, it is effective and it tastes great, so I can't really think of any disadvantages. If you especially do not want to try salt water, then this is definitely a great way to eradicate them awful ulcers and sores.
Product: Bonjela Cool Mint Adult Gel
I first got the dreaded mouth ulcer around two weeks ago, caused by a bristle catching on my upper gum, ouch. On a recent trip to the dentist I was advised to rinse my mouth out in warm salt water to try to banish this, I tried this but to no avail. My mum recommended Bonjela so one morning on the way to work I popped into Boots and purchased the 15g, Bonjela Cool Mint Adult Gel.
The product comes in a 15g squeezy tube inside a outer packaging of a Blue/Green cardboard rectangular box.
Bonjela is sugar free but it is for adults only and no one under the age of 16 should use this, it clearly states on the packaging that it's from 16 years old only.
Bonjela claims to give effective pain relief from mouth ulcers, braces, dentures and cold sores. It also helps to reduce inflammation and helps to fight infection.
Bonjela states that you should only use the gel once every 3 hours.
When squeezing the tube I put approximately one centimetre of the clear gel onto my fingertip (clean hands of course, always remember to wash your hands beforehand) and applied it directly onto the ulcer and the area surrounding it which was also sore.
Upon applying the gel it gave a tingly sensation, nothing too unpleasant just a slight discomfort feeling to the gum. My mouth afterwards tasted minty and didn't leave any bitter tastes at all, infact i quite liked the taste.
After using Bonjela Cool Mint Adult Gel i felt instant relief and the gel in my experience had been really, really effective, so much so that I only had to use Bonjela just a few times after that and my ulcer as now disappeared, completely banished, top result.
Choline salicylate: 8.714%w/w
Cetalkonium chloride: 0.01%w/w
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I'm sure we've all seen the Bonjela advert where this person takes a blob of bonjela puts it on their ulcer and all of a sudden this blob comes to life and proceeds to stomp on the ulcer, stomping it out of existence. I'm not afraid to admit that when it came time for me to use this product, I was hoping that the little bonjela blob dude would come to life...whenever I looked in the mirror, little bonjela blob dude was clearly sleeping or too shy to show himself. Anyhow here is my review...
The ulcer I had was on my tongue, created by way too much oily foods. The main problem with it was that it hurt whenever I talked or ate, so I was looking for something that would give me pain relief. Bonjela claims to do this, and when I applied it on my tongue it seemed to numb the pain, or at least masked it by the zingy minty taste of the blob. However this pain relief only lasted for a few minutes, after which I had to wait three hours before I could apply the gel again. So in terms of pain relief it was not effective.
I applied the gel almost every three hours from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed, for about three days. It is probably more effective when applied just before you go to bed, as you are not eating or talking, so the gel doesn't get lost, and therefore does most of its work while you are sleeping. As I haven't previously kept count of how many days previous mouth ulcers have lasted I don't know whether three days of this treatment has shortened the life of the ulcer, but for those of you who know how long your ulcers usually last then this is simply a guide for you to make your own judgement about whether this would be effective for you.
Bonjela blob dude is a clear coloured gel that tastes very minty and sweet. It smells sweet with a tinge of bitterness though it doesn't taste bitter at all. When you first put this on it tends to create a lot of saliva and you feel like you have to keep spitting, so you lose some of the gel that you put on. It comes in a tube, and you just squeeze a centimetre long blob on to your fingertip and apply on the affected area. This is fairly easy to do.
The tube is 15g, and costs £2.89 on the Boots website.
Due to recently suffering with quite a bad mouth ulcer, I was desperate to find something to help... It was 4:15pm on a Sunday and no large shops were open, so I popped round to a local corner shop and picked up this.
Bonjela Cool is inside a 15g tube with is also inside a box. The box is blue and distinctly tells you that it is Bonjela Cool. It was kept behind the counter in this shop, although I'm not sure if this would be the case in a larger supermarket.
The directions tell me to 'massage approximately one centimetre of gel onto the sore area' so away I went - ouch! This hurt really quite badly and made my eyes water - so I was really unsure if I was doing this right! However, after a minute or so the pain passed and it left a nice, cold, numb feeling. Word of warning though - my lip went rather numb too! So be careful with how muc you use depending where it is.
Although it was really rather painful at first it was helping, and the directions also told me 'this can be repeated after 3 hours'. So three hours later, when it was getting a little uncomfortable again - I reapplied it.. Again, the awful pain, but it really was working. Well, no gain without pain I suppose!
I carried on using this for a few days and it actually did help - coincidence or not I don't know, but my cold sore quickly cleared up within a few days and was pretty pain free!
Bonjela Cool is strictly only for people aged 16 of over, 'this is because there is a possible association between salicylates and Reye's syndrome when given to children. Reye's syndrome is a very rare disease which affects the brain and liver and can be fatal' - so I definitely wouldn't risk it. If a child is suffering, you can buy child versions of this.
The active ingredients are choline salicylate and cetalkonium chloride.
It cost £2.99 for a small 15g tube of this, although I've since seen it cheaper in larger supermarkets. However, the price is not bad when you're suffering with the awful pain of a mouth ulcer and is definitely worth it. The box has an expiry date of the middle of 2011 and doesn't say it can only be open for six months for example, which means you can keep using this for ulcer after ulcer - perfect!
Bonjela Cool Mint Gel is a pain relieving gel which also reduces inflammation and helps fight infection in mouth ulcers, brace sores, denture sores, teething and cold sores / Clinally proven to aid the healing and relieve pain of mouth ulcers caused by braces and dentures. With a cool, fresh Mint flavour.