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Bonjela (choline salicylate) is a sugar-free oral gel for use in patients 16 years of age and up. The gel provides rapid pain relief from mouth ulcers, cold sores, or toothache, and sore spots from dentures, braces or other mouth hardware.

Bonjela gel is ideal for temporary relief of minor to moderate mouth pain, providing several direct benefits:

  • Choline salicylate, chemically similar to aspirin, provides pain relief and reduces swelling and inflammation.
  • Cetylpyridinium chloride, an antiseptic which protects against infection, is also found in Bonjela gel.
  • Bonjela gel is sugar-free so won't aggravate painful cavities, sensitive teeth or cause other complications.

The medication is used as-needed and begins working just seconds or minutes after application.

Getting the Most from Bonjela

Bonjela is effective at reducing or eliminating minor to moderate mouth pain from a variety of sources:

  • Toothache
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Cold sores
  • Sore spots from braces or dentures
  • Other minor mouth pain

It should not be used on deep wounds, in very large amounts (such as on the entire mouth) or used in combination with other oral treatments unless approved by a doctor or pharmacist. Do not apply to other mucous membranes, such as the eye, nose, vagina or rectum; some ingredients may be irritating to those areas.

Bonjela is used much like any other oral gel:

  • Wash and dry hands.
  • Place a small amount of gel on a fingertip.
  • Gently massage directly onto problem area.
  • Repeat as-needed every three hours.
  • If using dentures, wait at least 30 minutes after applying the gel before reinserting.
  • If treating an ulcer, gently wipe any mucous off the surface before applying gel.

Bonjela may be used as-needed for several consecutive days. If pain continues past several days, worsens during that time, or exhibits symptoms of infection, medical attention should be sought as there might be a more serious problem.

One of the more common uses of oral gels is for toothache. It should be used only as a temporary measure until a dentist can be seen. Toothaches typically don't get better on their own, and delaying treatment will likely only lead to a more serious situation, such as the tooth root becoming infected. There will also eventually come a point at which an infected tooth will become so painful that products like Bonjela will offer little relief.

Salicylates & Lidocaine

The ingredient choline salicylate (along with other salicylates, including aspirin) is not approved for use in children under age 16 in many places. This is a precautionary measure out of concern that the ingredient may cause a rare but very serious condition called Reye's syndrome in children. However, as there is no evidence that topical use of salicylates has actually ever caused an incidence of Reye's syndrome, the restriction is somewhat disputed and in some areas it may still be used as a teething gel.

Bonjela also makes a teething gel, which at one point contained choline salicylate. Since the 'no-use in children' stance was adopted by many regulatory authorities, Bonjela (and many other oral gel makers) has since replaced the ingredient with lidocaine, which provides similar relief in teething youngsters.

Lidocaine has been used in oral gels for many years, including those intended for adults. Some individuals find lidocaine gels relatively ineffective; relief is not very pronounced and/or does not last very long. These people are often also somewhat insensitive to other medications ending in -caine, such as the Novocaine or procaine used during dental procedures---even cocaine may have little effect. These individuals will likely find Bonjela products containing choline salicylate to be considerably more effective.


~ 15G Sugar Free Gel  1 Ea - $30.00
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Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.

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