Featuring natural extracts like licorice root and Vitamin B12, canker sore melts are another treatment option for those plagued with mouth ulcers to help relieve the pain and inflammation.
First off, you may be wondering just what a so-called “melt” is. Well in some cases it is a type of patch that you put over the ulcer and it slowly melts away over a period of hours. The melt or canker patch contains natural ingredients to help combat your sore, while the melt itself acts as a protective cover over your lesion to help prevent irritation from food or drink. There is also a disc that melts in about half an hour and contains vitamin B12 to help heal sores. The good thing about all these products is that they are made with natural ingredients and so nor cause side effects.
CankerMelts – There are several different melts you can try. The first one, oddly enough, is called Cankermelts Medicated Discs discs. The active ingredient in CankerMelts is Glycyrrhiza extract (30 mg), commonly known as licorice root. However, there is no licorice flavor (which some people will be happy to know) because there is no Anise in the product and that is what is used to flavor licorice. Glycyrrhiza extract has been shown in some studies to help speed the healing of mouth sores. This melt is a disk about 1/2 inch in diameter and it is dark gray in color. The disc is applied by holding it to the sore until it softens slightly and then it will stick. It should remain in place for two to 8 hours. The discs also contain collagen to provide a soothing coating and the patch will protect the ulcer from irritants. CankerMelts do not contain any numbing agents, the pain relief is via the protective patch over the ulcer.
Canker Cover Oral Canker Sore Patch is another popular canker sore melt. It is supposed to provide up to 8 to 12 hours of pain relief. It is a small, hard white disk that forms a clear gel patch when applied to your oral ulcer. Unlike the CankerMelt product, this one has a mint flavor that is not unpleasant. The directions say that when applying it the area MUST be dry or it won’t stick. While it is a little bulky and awkward users say it works and is great at relieving the pain. The canker cover ingredients may surprise you. They do not contain any anesthetics or numbing ingredients such as Benzocaine. The main relief comes from protecting the sore from irritation and bacteria. The effectiveness of this product depends on the location of the sore. For instance, a canker sore on the tongue would be rather hard to treat with a patch such as this as they wouldn’t stay on and it would be hard to talk or eat.
Avamin Melts is an all-natural product containing bioactic B12 (methylcobalamin )which is absorbed into the lining of the mouth. Vitamin B12 has been shown in several studies to significantly reduce the duration of mouth sores and in fact this product can be used as daily prevention. Clinical studies conducted on Avamin Melts found that 77% of the subjects developed fewer ulcers, their pain was less and they healed faster.
This is not a patch that sticks to a mouth ulcer, rather you dissolve the small red disc in your mouth near where you typically get canker sores. The main benefit and use of the Avamin Melts is to relieve pain and speed the healing process. You should let it dissolve slowly over a period of 30 minutes and refrain from eating or drinking during that time. The recommended dose is one disc per day, although when first starting out, i.e. you have a new raging canker sore, you should use three discs the first day.
People who have used Avamin Melts are very happy with the product and report that their sores heal much faster, three to four days instead of the typical 7-10 days. People also like the fact that the melts are not patches that have to stick to a spot in their mouth and that there is no aftertaste.
So you have three choices for three situations or preferences. One of these aphthous ulcer remedies is sure to work for you.