Frequently asked questions

Questions about Anbesol? Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked queries.

About Anbesol

  • Apply Anbesol Maximum Strength Gel or Anbesol Maximum Strength Liquid directly to the canker sore, the gums around your toothache, or pain points from denture discomfort. Do not apply more than 4 times per day, unless directed by your doctor. Do not use for more than 7 days unless directed by your doctor.

  • You can find Anbesol right on the shelves of your local food, drug, or mass retailer.

  • Anbesol is for adults and children 2 years of age and older for the relief of pain associated with toothaches, sore gums, canker sores, braces, and dentures. For children under 12 years of age, use adult supervision. Do not use in children under 2 years of age or for teething.

  • It’s best to avoid eating or drinking for up to one hour after application.

  • Anbesol’s active ingredient is Benzocaine 20%, which is a powerful Oral Pain Reliever for every type of oral pain.

  • Only use a pea‑size amount of the gel, and for the liquid, use a cotton swab or your fingertip to apply. Use according to the directions. Do not overuse.

About oral pain

    • Toothaches:

      Cavities are a common culprit for the cause of toothaches. Acids from bacteria and plaque build‑up on your tooth can lead to painful cavities. If you think you have a cavity or if you feel a pain in your mouth (dull, sharp, or otherwise), visit your dentist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.

      Anbesol is here to ease your oral pain in an instant, until you can make it to the dentist’s office.

    • Canker Sores:

      Canker sores are a painful puzzle. Some believe that stress, nutritional or immune deficiencies, or even certain foods are to blame for producing canker sores. Without a reliable form of treatment or prevention, the most you can do is use Anbesol to relieve the pain while you wait for the sore to fade away.

      They’re not contagious, but the small sore inside your mouth can make chewing, talking, and drinking an uncomfortable experience. Canker sores usually go away in one to two weeks, but with Anbesol, you can instantly alleviate the pain.

    • Denture Discomfort:

      Denture pain is more than just an annoyance. Dentures can loosen and cause discomfort as your mouth changes, either from aging, weight loss, or health problems. Anbesol can help relieve denture pain so you can get on with your day, and get back to doing things you love.

      If your denture pain persists, see your dentist immediately. Your dentist can adjust your dentures for a more comfortable fit.

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