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Recently when I was eating I managed to bite the inside of my cheek causing two little cuts, which caused me pain for the following few days. My teeth also rubbed against the sores quite a bit, which also caused pain.
After a few days of suffering and hunting around the house for a tube of bonjela I was sure I had, I ended up purchasing a new tube.
~ Price and availability ~
I got a 15g tube for £3.29. It is available from supermarkets and pharmacies.
~ In use ~
The product claims to provide relief of pain associated with mouth ulcers, brace, denture and cold sores and helps to reduce inflammation and fight infection.
The product itself is clear and is easy to get out of the tube just by gently squeezing it. It has a gel-like consistency and it smells like aniseed.
The directions on the back of the tube recommend that you massage approximately one centimetre of gel onto the sore area and then this can be repeated after 3 hours.
I found that the gel was applied easily with my finger. It did hurt when I applied it, but only because it hurt when I touched the sores at all. It didn’t sting.
The pain seemed to lessen immediately after rubbing this gel over the sores and at times the pain would disappear completely, but would return now and then it seemed more bearable than it was prior to using this product.
I wouldn’t say that the gel numbed the area, but it soothed my cuts and somehow made the pain lessen.
Bonjela has an aniseed flavour and the taste does stick in your mouth for a bit after application. I don’t particularly like aniseed, but this gel doesn’t bother me. It’s not like I am eating this product.
I always wash my hands before and after applying bonjela as I don’t want to put any germs into my mouth or take any out of my mouth either.
I feel that this product helped the healing process. I did not apply it until 3 days after I cut my mouth and that day was when the pain was the most unbearable. After 24 hours of using this gel on and off, but not as regularly as every 3 hours, the sores had been protected from further damage from my teeth rubbing against them and I felt like I no longer needed to use this gel after 24 hours as I was no longer experiencing pain from the sores.
I don’t like to use this gel when it is not necessary and I don’t use it when I have mouth ulcers so I can’t say how it works with them. Although mouth ulcers can be really irritating I prefer not to use this product when I don’t have to.
Even as an adult with no small children I know that Bonjela is just one of those products that you should always have in the medicine cabinet. If you do have a small child then it should be something you always carry in the changing bag and something you should never allow yourself to run out of.
Whether it be teething pain, mouth ulcers or any kind of mouth inflammation really Bonjela will be the first thing you should turn to. The gel itself is clear and quite thick in consistancy, it tastes quite nice but upon placing it on the sore area expect a little stinging, that will away after a few minutes and the area will become a little anaesthetised giving you some relief from whatever ails you.
The big downside with Bonjela is that the relief seems to last not time at all meaning you will have to continentally reapply it all day to try and keep the pain at a manageable level. It does work I just wish it was a bit stronger but it does seem to be the best thing for a mouth ulcer that you can get over the counter. It is also readily available so you can pick it up in the supermarket late in the evening when all the pharmacies are closed.
It does seem to help little ones when they are teething but I suspect, much like adults, the relief is short lived. It is easy to get them to take it though as it doesn't taste nasty which is always a good thing as the last thing you want to do is upset a teething baby even more.
I currently have my first ever horrible big painful mouth ulcer. I have had it for a few days now and it hurts all the time, especially whilst eating hot food, crunchy food, salty food, and even hot drinks! So, I have invested in Bonjela.
I bought Bonjela for adults at Tescos and this cost just over £3. It comes in a little box that looks like a small toothpaste box and has a little tube with 15g of Bonjela in.
On applying Bonjela it really stings. As if the pain of a mouth ulcer is not enough the medicine you use to treat it hurts initially even more! After a few seconds though the stinging dies down and you are finally pain free and the area around your ulcer goes numb.
To apply Bonjela just slightly squeeze the tube, getting a little Bonjela on your finger and then rub gently onto your mouth ulcer. The gel itself is clear. Bonjela has an aniseed flavour so would not be to everyone’s taste but I actually don’t mind the flavour.
The instructions say that you should apply Bonjela up to every 3 hours. The Bonjela does not last 3 hours. I would say that at a push the effects of Bonjela last up to 1 hour. You would think I this day and age there could be something available more effective than this – if there is I want to know about it!
The instructions are very clear that Bonjela for adults is strictly for 16 years and over. There are also many other advisories, as with all medication read the instruction leaflet thoroughly before using.
This is a review of bonjela. There are various different versions of this being -
bonjela adult (ie only suitable for those over 16 years of age)
bonjela teething (ie aimed at young children who are teething)
There are also sugar free versions.
******This is a review of Bonjela adult - sugar free version******
I always keep a tube of this in my medicine cabinet at home and find it handy if a cold sore ever crops up or I ever suffer from mouth ulcers (doesn't happen often) or any dental pain (sadly, has happened fairly often). I purchased this a few months ago for around £2.50 from Boots. It is such a popular product and you can find it in most major shops and pharmacies and although it is technically a medicine it is not over the counter and no prescription required.
I have yet to see many alternatives to Bonjela on the market. However I have used other methods of easing tooth ache such as clove oil and gargling salt water when I haven't had any bonjela at home.
*What is bonjela*
Bonjela is a clear odourless gel that is applied to the inside of the mouth and/or gums to reduce pain. It has an aniseed and slightly sweet taste.ar free version that the sweet taste is mostly absent and it is more like aniseed than anything else.
The gel contains alcohol (bit only a bit). It also contains salicylate which is a pain killer and anti-flammatory which is meant to soothe the area of pain. It also has cetalkanium chloride which kills bacteria and helps prevent infection.
*Instructions for use*
This depends on what you need to use it for, however the tube recommends that you apply an amount of around a cm in length and that this is applied directly to the area of pain every 3 hours and massaged in. Exceeding this does could cause salicylate toxicity which can cause sickness, vomiting and dizziness and in extreme cases can be fatal. Who knew a gel would be so powerful - guess it shows the importance e prior to use.
*Common uses for bonjela*
It is commonly used for the following -
1. Teething (although in this case, as the specific gel contains salicylates it must not be used with children under 16 years of age as this runs the risk of contraction of Reye's Syndrome - a rare and potentially fatal disease affecting the brain and liver)
2. Tooth ache. I have recently used as I had a cavity and couldn't get in to my dentists for a number of weeks. I was in a lot of pain and whilst the gel didn't remove this pain it did numb it....for a bit...not for 3 hours though and after around an hour I would often re-apply (although now I know more about the effects of salicylate toxicity I will NOT be doing this again)!
3. Cold sores - in my experience of cold sores the gel has worked well at reducing the swelling associated with the sore and encourages it to clear more quickly than if I didn't use the gel.
4. Denture irritation - although I cannot comment on this (yet) it is advised that if using to soothe denture pain you remove you dentures before, during and for half an hour after use.
5. Mouth ulcers - I have only ever experienced one very small mouth ulcer and in my experience the gel did help reduce the infection and helped somewhat with the pain. Obviously I would seek advice from a health professional however with a mouth ulcer and wouldn't rely on this alone.
I would recommend this as a staple product in the medicine cabinet, although it is disappointing that it has a fairly short shelf life (the one I bought had a 6 month expiry date on it) and it is a bit expensive for what it is and what you get. It does however numb and reduce the pain that comes with tooth ache and ulcers, just not for as long as I would like. As there are no other competitors in the market however and it does better than other methods (of clove oil and salt water) I would heartily recommend with four dooyoo stars.
Everybody who has ever suffered from a mouth ulcer knows about bonjela. The soothing feel that it gives to my mouth when I have a bad ulcer is just what the doctor ordered! As well as coldsores, I suffer from the occasional mouth ulcer, normally right at the root of my teeth. And of course, this makes eating, talking and just about anything else I can do with my mouth painful!
The last time I purchased some, I believe I paid roughly £2.50 for a 15g tube. Not a bad price to pay for a soothing sensation!
+++How to use+++
This is the part I hate, the initial application. I always place a small pea size amount on my little finger and gently apply directly to the ulcer and the surrouding areas. You will find it begins to move around, you will know if it working because that area of your mouth will no longer hurt. If after 5 minutes you are still in pain, try again.
+++How to store+++
I normally keep a tube in my medicine cabinet, but only if it hasn't been used. After an ulcer has gone, I throw out the old tube and buy a new one to replace it. I believe the tube says to do this.
Providing it is in a dry, cool place, it can be stored anywhere.
Bonjela won't completely alleviate all pain from an ulcer, but it does help massively.
I have Bonjela in my bathroom as part of my medicine stuff, I keep things like Bonjela and painkillers on standby as I have sensitive teeth and sometimes my gum swells up or I get toothache. This Bonjela gel is mainly associated with helping cool down and reduce the inflammation of ulcers and prevent infection.
Bonjela can also be used for teething problems and I presume any discomfort or sores in the mouth, although there are now separate Bonjela teething gels available, which are milder as this one is for adults age over 16. The adult one caused some problem called Reyes syndrome when used in children so that is why it can only be used for over 16's and there is a specific version for teething.
I use it for when my tooth starts aching and my gum gets sore , then I put some gel on it. The gel is very sweet tasting and feels warm and tingling, and right away I feel like something is happening, although you need a few minutes before the full effect takes place. It can relieve mild discomfort and help distract some pain while the pain killers kick in. It also has Ethanol (Alcohol) in it which helps prevent any infection.
This 15 g tube costs £2.60 at the moment from Tesco and hopefully will last years as that means I don't need it, it has lasted 18 months or so. It is sugar free which is a good thing for a dental hygiene product and there is a long list of precautions which include do not use if you have stomach ulcers.
I would probably use this several times a day when I have a problem along with a saline solution ( saltwater ) pain killers, and after about 3- 5 days if it hasn't stopped I would go to the dentist. Normally this helps alongside other things like ice packs, painkillers, basically anything to numb my mouth.
I suffer from ulcers when I get tired or stressed.....so basically quite a lot of my life! Ulcers really are horrible, for those who aren't sufferers I can only liken it to an blister, but in your mouth! Yeah, not nice. Bonjela is an oral gel designed to relieve the pain and help heal ulcers and other mouth sores. It comes in a 15g tube, which although sounds like very little, it lasts a fairly long time with the dosage for each ulcer. A tube costs around £2.99 and is available in most supermarket stores such as TESCO, Asda etc or alternatively in drug stores such as Boots or Superdrug.
There is definitely a knack to applying Bonjela inside the mouth and it has to be said that some places in your mouth are easier to reach than others. The tube recommends half an inch of gel however I like to use a little more as some often gets rubbed off through the day and it gives you more scope if you should slightly miss the ulcer when trying to apply. If the ulcer is visible when pulling your lips etc then try apply in front of a mirror, if not then try get a good idea where the ulcer is before applying. It's easier to get lost in your mouth than you think! Straight after applying try not to move your mouth too much for a few minutes, let the Bonjela harden off before you cheek or lips have a chance to rub it off.
The effectiveness of Bonjela is nearly wholly dependant on the application, which just to happens to also be the toughest bit to get right! If you can get the Bonjela on the ulcer it is bound to work its magic.
If application is successful then Bonjela is mightily effective. After several applications throughout the day and one over night the ulcers pain should be at a minimum and be beginning to heal. In fact once the pain goes the ulcer is no longer an issue, so next time you check it probably wont be there! Bonjela really is a mouth saver at times, Bonjela's soothing action also helps to reduce the size of ulcers, meaning you're much less likely to bite them accidently (one of the most painful experiences know to man!).
Would certainly recommend to any ulcer sufferers. The secret to Bonjela is the application as there is little doubt that the product is a great pain stopping and healing agent. 4 stars from me, not the full 5 as applying it is tricky and fiddly!
Personally, I suffer with really bad ulcers. I have never found the source of the problem because doctors after many tests have found nothing. A while back when I was getting around 6 at a time my doctor recommended that I use Bonjela. Of course, this got worse when I got a brace because my brace was forever rubbing off them. I use this product every hour or when I feel the sting. This product recommends you use it once every 4 hours which I think is ridiculous. The product also comes in two flavours, both are the same price. There is the original flavour which tastes like liquorish and then there is the cool mint flavour. I have used both but neither flavour pahases me.
It also comes for babies where you can use it as a teething gel. On average, this product comes in a small blue cardboard box with the logo of Bonjela on majority of the four sides. The sword sponsors the sugar free writing, but I personally think it represents the pain you go through with the ulcers and that this product is you block aid against in. In my personal experience this product has and has not worked. When I get a lethal amount of ulcers it does not work, but when I get one or two it does.
This product can be quite expensive depending on where you get it from, but the product also lasts a long time. I usually get it from Wilkinson on offer for around £2.00 onwards. The most expensive I have seen this product at is nearly £5.00 in Superdrug. I would not pay this much for this product.
Recently I had been a little under the weather, I developed a nasty cough and also some painful mouth ulcers which became a little troublesome. I have bought this product many times in the past, so decided to buy it again to treat my ulcers to help ease the pain and a more comfortable day.
It comes in a cardboard box with the name clearly on the front, so can be easily spotted on a shelf. Inside the box comes a tube which has a screw off top. It is a gel liquid which is quite rich in consistency and doesn't drip from the tube. The liquid has a soft and smooth texture to it. It has a mild aniseed smell to it and I do quite like the smell of it, is a pleasant enough smell in my opinion.
You only need a small amount of the gel on clean fingertips to very gently rub into the painful area, I just squeeze around a small pea sized amount very gently over the area, I find it slightly stings when first applying it for a couple of seconds, then the stinging stops but the area does still feel painful until the gel settles onto the skin and penetrates.
My ulcers were quite large ones and the small amount was well enough to coat the ulcers and give them a protective barrier and to help heal them. I applied the gel every 3 hours or so and didn't drink any liquids so that the gel could heal the area and help fight the infection.
I find the gel does become a runny consistency as it becomes in contact with the ulcer a couple of seconds after applying it but this is the norm with this product. I can taste aniseed in my mouth for around half a hour or so after I have applied the gel. I do like the taste of aniseed and it isn't a nasty taste in my opinion and quite a pleasant enough taste in my mouth. If you like me do like the taste of aniseed, the taste of this gel wouldn't be a problem but if you dislike the taste of it an awful lot, it still would be worth giving it a go because the taste doesn't linger for too long in the mouth.
The first day I began using this gel, my ulcers were still painful but by the second day the felt less painful and more of a comfortable pain. By the end of the third day they felt a whole lot better and almost gone. By the 4th day they were completely gone from my mouth. My ulcers were on my bottom and top lips and in the inside of my cheeks. I found it really uncomfortable to eat and drink, so much so I had to drink from a straw the first day I developed the ulcers. I found drinking with a straw far more comfortable because the drink didn't then irritate the ulcers and make them more painful than they already felt.
It is designed to help fight infection and pain with mouth ulcers, dentures, brace and cold sores. I don't have dentures or braces but if you do wear these and have mouth irritations I think this gel would work effectively to help ease the discomfort. Helps reduce inflammation and to fight the infection.
It is really important to wash your hand first before using the gel because the fingertips must be completely clean so not to infect the ulcers more than they at present.
This gel cannot be used by children under the age of 16 years old. It is a sugar free gel too.
I paid £2.60 for a 15g tube and I think it is very good value for money for this price, the quality of the gel is really good and well worth the price in my opinion.
I do highly recommend this gel, I think if you have developed mouth ulcers or any irritations from wearing a brace or dentures, it will work to ease the pain in a couple of days or so of using it, depending on how big or small the ulcers. My ulcers are completely gone now and I can eat and drink normally again and I feel a whole lot better health wise. We all develop ulcers from time to time and this gel just helps for a more comfortable day in my opinion.
I will continue to buy this gel in the future because it works a treat to help remove my mouth ulcers which I occasionally develop when I am feeling a little under the weather.
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I give this gel 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Bonjela is a product which I always remember being around, even as a child. On this basis it's something I was keen to keep in m own first aid box for times when I had a dreaded mouth ulcer appear. Bonjela is a gel treatment which can be bought from most chemists, and some supermarkets too. Bonjela is only for use in adults and those over 16 years of age, as it contains salicylates in it's active ingredients and there has been an association between these and Reye's syndrome
A 15g tube currently costs £2.80 from Boots. Bonjela. It has cardboard packaging and comes in a tube with a screw top lid. There is a list of instructions and precautions which, as with any medicine, should be read before use. Bonjela is supposed to help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with mouth ulcers and denture sores and contains an anti-inflammatory.
To use bonjela to treat mouth ulcers simple rub in around 1cm of the gel into the area gently. The gel can be applied ever 3hours. To treat denture sores remove dentures prior to use and leave them out for 30 minutes after application. The gel has a reasonably thick consistency and is quite clear however it seems to become slightly loosen when it comes in contact with a finger and can become quite difficult to manoeuvre onto the application area, even more so if it's at the back of your mouth.
The gel is intended to make a barrier over the area of the ulcer and help to numb the area and keep down swelling, as well as preventing infection. The gel has a mid aniseed flavour, which isn't unbearable if it's something you're not keen on. There is a mint version available. You can feel the el when you apply it, but the sensation dissapears quickly, the effect lasts a little while but definitely not for 3 hours which is the spacing between doses. It also weakens if you eat and drink.
I used to use bonjela quite often as I seemed to be quite prone to mouth ulcers for a while, however I found it increasingly difficult to apply easily and that it wasn't always as effective as I'd hoped. I tried a different product when I was having trouble with my wisdom teeth and found this to be much easier to use and much more effective so no longer purchase bonjela. However, it's a handy product to keep in the cupboard as it does provide some relief and is relatively cheap. 3/5 stars from me.
8.714% Choline Salicylate and 0.01% Cetakonium Chloride
I always have a tube of Bonjela in my medical kit as I often get sores in my mouth from over-brushing (which I am trying to stop!). I find that the Bonjela really helps with the pain from sores and ulcers. I am a little ignorant to what the ingredients actually are but as they sound quite chemically and it also contains alcohol I avoid any swallowing of the product. To do this I slowly add a little product and build it up until I am happy with it.
When putting the product on it has a very strong taste which reminds me of the small blackjack penny sweets which are sold in England. The gel forms a seal around the ulcer when left to dry and acts as a barrier to protect the sore and also to help it heal. You can repeat adding more product every 3 hours and it is recommended that about a 1cm amount of gel.
There are warnings on the packet about certain illnesses reacting with some of the ingredients so please check before using! Also it is not recommended for children under the age of 16 due to some of the ingredients.
I will continue to use Bonjela and have done since I was 16. I wouldn't ever swap for a cheaper brand as I believe that Bonjela is great value for money and I know it works and relieves discomfort very quickly.
Bonjela is a treatment for mouth ulcers, denture sore spots and cold sores for adults. For my review I am referring to my own experiences, and when I use the term "mouth ulcer" I need to say that don't suffer with severe mouth ulcers, and my experiences are based on fairly mild ones, which although not serious, and are tiny, are incredibly painful and miserable.
Bonjela comes in a blue box inside which is a tube about 4-5cm long which contains the product. You break the foil seal inside the white screw cap and the Bonjela is easily squeezed from the tube. The Bonjela itself is a clear gel with a flavour which is mildly aniseed. I hesitate to say that, because I dislike aniseed personally but I don't mind the taste of Bonjela ... it's the nearest flavour I can liken it to, but it's subtle enough not to offend me.
It's applied by squeezing a small amount onto your fingertip and then rubbing directly onto your tongue or inside cheeks, wherever the troublesome area is. You only need to cover the ulcer with a thin layer, so you really don't need to use very much at a time at all. The action of the gel is to form a film over the ulcer, which protects it and starts the healing process. Once applied, you can't feel the film or detect any dryness, but there's no denying that the Bonjela gets to work.
I have always found Bonjela to be very effective and always have a tube handy "just in case". Firstly I like it because if I do get a mouth ulcer, they are really uncomfortable, and the best thing about Bonjela is that it gives me immediate relief, acting almost like a mild anaesthetic to the area. Secondly, though, and most importantly, I always find it to actually work and heal mouth ulcers, particularly overnight. It contains antiseptic to help healing and bring the inflammation down. If I apply it before going to bed I can always guarantee that by morning the pain will have gone and the ulcer itself practically healed. I also use it when I sometimes get annoying (but really sore) little cracks at the corners of my mouth, although the packet and information doesn't reference that as a use. Again by applying at night they are always easier by morning.
After a while (a few months) I do notice the end of the tube sometimes getting a bit crusty where residues of bonjela have been left behind - if it hasn't been used for a few months, for instance, so it's important to remember to keep the end of the tube clean, or it can get tricky to get the screw cap lid back on. Also, as I don't suffer particularly badly, I very often find that I'm needing to replace the tube when there's still between a quarter and half a tube left, because after its been open a while (up to a year) the bonjela gets thicker and more difficult to apply - and presumably maybe less effective. In that respect you don't get your full money's worth, but this is outweighed for me by the need to keep one in stock for when it is needed.
I recommend bonjela 100%, for it's pain relieving as much as for its healing properties. What more can you ask of a product like this?
I first bought Bonjela recently for my son as he had a mouth ulcer.
He had never previously suffered with them so I had not had any bonjela in the house since the kids were babies as it could then be used for teething.
The ulcer had been really painful and kept him up in the night as it had been stinging.
Bonjela is basically a clear thick jelly like product that is in a small tube. When I used it I found that you only need the tiniest amount.
To apply the product you simply wash your hands first so you don't transfer germs; you then just apply some of the gel to the ulcer or the area that is sore if you are using it for something else.
My son found that the gel seemed to immediately remove the stinging as it numbed the area.
We continued to apply it through the day and after a day and a half the ulcer had healed and he was pain free.
My son said that the taste was nice and he never complained about having it applied.
The cost of bonjela is low I paid £3 for a tube and it will last ages due to the small amount you need. It is available in supermarkets and chemists. The only problems we found was that if you eat or drink after you have applied it then it does not work for as long so be careful to apply it after each meal and it should work well.
I would definitely recommend this for anyone who suffers with mouth ulcers.
WHAT IS IT?
An oral gel that helps to protect mouth ulcers and helps to reduce the pain you feel from them also.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Squeeze a small amount of Bonjela onto your finger and rub it gentle onto your mouth ulcer. It world better if you can dry the area as much as you can before you apply it because that will help the gel to stick to the skin inside your mouth.
DOES IT WORK?
Bonjela is good I think but it is not effective on pain for very long and I have to keep applying it all through the day. I think that is because it comes off my skin quick in the wet of my mouth but another oral gel that I buy called Iglu stays on for a lot longer.
WHAT I THINK
I think Bonjela is a good product because it tastes nice and it makes where my ulcer is go numb quite quick so that my pain is reduced. I have said already that I do not think it lasts for long enough but I do not care about that because I like the taste so I do not mind applying it again.
Bonjela is only for adults because it has got an ingredient in that makes it unsuitable for using on babies when they are teething and that is a pity because it used to be very effective for babies. You can buy a Bonjela that is special for teething babies now but I do not think that works so well.
I do not get mouth ulcers very often and that is why I buy Bonjela instead of one of the stronger oral gels. I think Bonjela works very well for me and the pain I get with my small ulcers but when I got a cluster of ulcers last year when I was sick with another illness I had to use something that would be effective for a longer time.
A 15g tube of Bonjela costs £2.50 and it lasts for a long time because you only have to use a tiny bit every time you apply it.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I don't get mouth ulcers very often, but when I do I am very grateful for anything that helps lessen the discomfort. I first used Bonjela a good 10 years ago and I have found it to be the most effective treatment that I have tried as well as one of the most easily available. Since I first purchased it there has been some changes, due to the fact that it's main active ingredient Choline Salicylate is now thought to raise the risk of children developing the rare but serious medical condition Reyes Syndrome. This means that the standard Bonjela gel is now labelled as suitable for those over the age of 16 only. A seperate Bonjela teething gel is also available which is made using a different child-friendly formula. This information comes from the patient advice leaflet included with the gel and more information on the changed medical advice is available on the Bonjela website if you need it. As an adult only family, I am happy to continue to buy us Bonjela based on my own long successful use of it.
WHAT AND WHO BONJELA IS FOR
According to the box, and patient leaflet, Bonjela is intended to soothe the pain and inflammation associated with mouth ulcers, cold sores and denture sore spots. [I have never had a cold sore, and I don't wear dentures so my review will be based solely on it's treatment of mouth ulcers.] It also contains ingredients to fight infection, and it is sugar free. Apart from the fact that it must be used by those over 16 only, it is advised that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking blood thinners or gout medication, you should seek medical advice before using the gel. It is unsuitable for those with stomach ulcers. Thankfully, I am not covered by any of these warnings.
Bonjela comes in a clear gel formula, which is quite thick. This is an advantage as you apply it using a finger so that could get rather messy if it was runnier. You also need it to stay where you put it of course, and the texture helps with that to some extent. It has quite a distinctive smell and one that I don't like in all honesty. I always think it is menthol like - the actual flavour is supposed to be aniseed. I can't bear the taste of aniseed normally, so it is to Bonjela's credit that I am sufficiently impressed with the product to continue using it in spite of the flavour. I have only recently noticed that the company offer a "Cool Mint" adult gel too, and I intend to try that on my next opportunity. There is something a bit minty about the standard Bonjela to me though - I think it is the cool in the mouth feeling that I get if I breathe in after applying it. It reminds me of the same sensation I get after eating a peppermint or using a minty mouthwash. This is a pleasant feeling as ulcers sometimes make me feel as though my mouth is on fire!
To apply the gel, you are advised to squeeze out a 1cm size blob and then "massage" it into the affected area. The dispensing of the gel is easy as the tube is pliable and the screw on lid easy to open. Tthe second part - the massaging - is less easy. If you ulcer is in a convenient place, this may only take a second but if it is at the back of you mouth it is not such an easy process . My last ulcer was near the junction of my upper and lower jaws, at the back of my mouth and I found getting the gel in the right place a bit more tricky as it hurt to open up my mouth that wide. I did get it in there in the end though. Wherever the ulcer is, applying the gel is certainly not a painless process. To be fair almost anything touching an ulcer is probably going to cause some discomfort. Bonjela really does sting though - my ulcers feel burning hot for a few seconds and continues to sting for about half a minute. As for the massaging it in, sometimes I just blob the gel on and leave it in place because any massaging would be just too painful. It doesn't seem to make much difference to how the gel works for pain relief in the long term thank goodness. It doesn't appear to really absorb into your skin anyway.
DOES IT WORK?
Thankfully, all that pain is not for nothing. Once the stinging has subsided, a cooling sensation takes over which immediately makes the ulcer feel less "angry". The area feels numbed but not to an unpleasant extent. Ulcers can be very sore and the pain relief is immense. However, I do not find that it lasts very long, especially if you eat and drink. You can use the gel every three hours but I find that an ulcer at it's worst makes it's presence felt again before that point. Ths is true whether I have carefully tried to massage the gel in or not. The pain relief is great while it lasts though, and with a bad ulcer I will take what I can get!
I tend to try and stop an ulcer in it's tracks by using a salt mouth rinse or mouthwash if I feel like that one is going to develop. This usually works for me so I don't use Bonjea immediately on noticing a little red bump. Instead I use it if it is really sore, and then for about 2-3 days. Affter that I feel that I can put up with the more minor discomfort the ulcer gives as it is fading. I am not sure whether the gel actually reduces the inflammation because I can't tell whether the ulcer would have healed by that time if I hadn't used anything on it anyway. I am happy with the pain relief aspect though! It should be added that if your symptoms haven't improved after 7 days of treatment, you are advised to see your doctor for help.
WOULD I RECOOMMEND THE BONJELA?
I would as although it actually makes your ulcer feel temporarily more painful, it does then reduce the pain significantly. I am able to actually forget I have one for a while. I would ideally like the relief to last a bit longer, but it is only when I have a more severe ulcer that I find a 3 hourly application isn't enough. The 15g tube contains enough to use over a week if you do need to use it that long, but I never have. I have not noticed any side effects at all whilst using this, and I don't find the aniseed flavor ruins my appetite for anything I want to eat afterwards. I don't like the taste but it is most obvious straight after application, so it isn't something I have to then put up with all day. I would brave trying it even if you are a fellow aniseed hater, or perhaps give the Cool Mint version a try. I always keep a tube in my first aid box, and for the relief it gives, I think it earns it's place there.
I paid £2.60 for my last tube, and it is available in most supermarkets and chemists as it is an non prescription item.
15g. Oral gel, aimed to cure mouth ulcers and denture sores and relieve the pain associated with these ailments. Relief of pain and discomfort of common mouth ulcers, cold sores, denture sore spots and infant teething. Adults: apply half inch of gel to sore area not more than once every 3 hours. Denture irritation use 30 minutes before re-insertion. Children from 4 months: apply a quarter of an inch of gel onto the sore area not more than once every 3 hours and not more than 6 doses in 24 hours. Not recommended under 4 months.