Top 5 Best Mouth Sore Products

Dentist Tested and Reviewed | Time to Read: 10 mins
Dr Advocate Avatar IconUpdated: September 1, 2022
By: Dr. Advocate

Top 5 Best Mouth Sore Products Review | All 5 products being reviewedOral pain can be a real show stopper when you least expect it. You can trigger pain response from many sources, including teeth, jaw, soft tissue, or gums. While most oral pain will need to be assessed and treated by your clinician, some pain relief, such as canker sore treatment, can be accomplished with topical pain relief ointment. Oral pain has an increased effect on our mood, thoughts, and actions. Therefore, finding relief is essential, and individuals can focus on their daily needs when it's achieved.


Oral Pain Causes

  • Mouth burns
  • Accidental injury
  • Minor dental procedures
  • Canker sores
  • Irritations
  • Cheek bites
  • Braces and dentures irritation

Most oral pain relief products are dispensed in a gel form; however, some have a more liquid-like consistency. We analyzed the Top 5 Best Mouth Sore Products that achieve lasting relief and promote oral healing. Let’s take a closer look, from a dentist’s perspective.

Related: Top 4 Best Pain Relief Oral Rinse Review



Evaluation Criteria

We highlight each product's unique, advertised benefits, identify their pros and cons and score each from 1 to 5 based on four categories. The oral rinse with the highest score is crowned the overall champion; however, we’ll also give suggested patient benefits for each product. Price’s listed are subject to change and discussed in each review, however they were not considered within the scoring criteria.


  1. Effectiveness: Does the mouthwash treat the advertised need? How effective were the results?
  2. Comfort: Are you able to swish for recommended time? Did it sting or burn? How did the mouth feel afterwards?
  3. Taste: How was the overall taste? Was it tolerable? Did it alter your sense of taste?
  4. Likeability: Is the product likeable and enjoyable to use? Are you able to use it as directed?



DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit

DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit Product Review

DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit provides a sanitary way to quickly relieve pain caused by toothaches, sore gums, mouth sores, gum irritation, canker sores, cold sores, braces irritation, and denture irritation. This product features 50 disposable applicators, an applicator handle, and a carrying case. 20% Benzocaine is the maximum strength, active ingredient that instantly alleviates pain.

Let’s take a closer look at this pain relief product and see how it stacks up against other competitors.


Review

DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit was exceptional at eliminating pain. The travel-ready case, applicators, and applicator handle were convenient to apply in hard-to-reach areas. Also, the mint flavor was flavorful and comfortable to use. Although it provided instant pain relief, the consistency was liquid-like and challenging to keep in a localized area. Lastly, inserting the applicator into the handle and dipping it into liquid is a bit cumbersome.


Highlights
  • $7.50 per unit (50 applicators)
  • 20% Benzocaine
  • Relieves oral pain and toothaches
  • Mint flavored
  • Carrying case provided
  • Sanitary and disposable applicators
  • 50 applicators provided


Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Likeability ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

Total: 18/20


Best disposable, sanitary applicators for instant pain relief.




Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief

Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief Product Review

Orajel is a trusted brand to manage pain relief and oral care solutions for young adults and children. They offer many products, including a full line of teething pain-relief gel, sore mouth relief, toothpaste, and denture pain relief. Orajel is most well known for its mouth and canker sore pain relief gel that contains 20% Benzocaine active ingredient. Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief also features menthol to soothe gums and an astringent to help protect sores from irritations.

Let’s take a closer look at this medicated mouth sore product.


Review

Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief gel worked exceptionally well at quickly eliminating pain and soothing the tissue with menthol. In addition, the smooth consistency allowed the tissue to gently glide over the gel. Also, the subtle mint taste was pleasing and comfortable to use. Lastly, it provided long-lasting pain relief essential for stubborn mouth sores.


Highlights
  • $6.00 per unit (0.42 oz)
  • 20% Benzocaine
  • Oral pain reliever/astringent
  • Menthol to soothe gums
  • Fast acting pain relief
  • Ready-open tip


Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Likeability ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 20/20


Best medicated oral gel with instant pain relief and ready-open tip.




Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser

Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser Product Review

Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser is distributed by Prestige Consumer Healthcare. They offer many oral care products, including sleep guards, denture grips and denture cleaners. This product is unique because it can be directly applied to a localized sore or dispensed on the tongue (10-20 drops) to swish and rinse. Carbamide peroxide 10% is the active ingredient that offers effective foaming action.

Let’s take a closer look at this compact oral cleanser.


Review

Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser is more gentle on the gums than other products. The consistency is more similar to a rinse rather than a gel; however, it is challenging to keep the solution in a localized area. Also, it wasn’t as effective at relieving pain compared to other products. The peroxide formulation kills odors and germs, providing a healthy surface for healing. Lastly, the taste was acceptable, considering it is an antiseptic oral cleanser.


Highlights
  • $10.99 per unit (2 oz)
  • Carbamide peroxide active ingredient
  • Antiseptic oral cleanser
  • Oxygen-rich microfoam action
  • Cleanses gum irritation
  • Soothes sores
  • Kills odor foaming germs
  • Used as mouthwash or direct application


Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Likeability ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒

Total: 14/20


Best relief for generalized areas of gum irritation.




Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength Instant Pain Relief

Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength Instant Pain Relief Product Review

Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength provides instant pain relief for toothache, gum pain, canker sore and denture pain. This product contains the active ingredient 20% Benzocaine to offer maximum comfort while soothing gum irritation. Anbesol Maximum Strength is available in both gel and liquid forms. Also, you can apply it to the affected area up to 4 times per day.

Let’s take a closer look at this universal pain relief product.


Review

Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength was effective at providing pain relief; however, it wasn’t as instant as other products. Also, the intensity of the topical numbing was inferior. The consistency of the gel was easy to apply and comfortable against the gum tissue. However, it had a slightly bitter taste and lingered for an extended period of time. Lastly, the overall effectiveness was minimal and seemed to wear off earlier than other products.


Highlights
  • $7.00 per unit (0.33 oz)
  • 20% Benzocaine
  • Maximum strength
  • Instant pain relief


Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Likeability ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

Total: 15/20


Best pain-relieving gel for sensitive gum tissue.




Red Cross Canker Sore Medication

Red Cross Canker Sore Medication Product Review

The Red Cross is most well known for providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief; however, they also offer many products associated with pain relief. Red Cross Canker Sore Medication features 20% Benzocaine for effective pain relief while soothing the gum tissue. This product also contains natural herbal extracts such as aloe, chamomile, echinacea and myrrh. It provides long lasting protection and coats mouth sores to allow proper healing.

Let’s take a closer look at this natural herbal extract product.


Review

Red Cross Canker Sore Medication was minimally effective at relieving pain and was difficult to apply because of its thicker consistency. In addition, the texture prevented gum tissue from sliding around the gel easily and led to poor application. Also, the taste was bitter and difficult to deal with. Lastly, the overall effect seemed to wear off sooner than other products.


Highlights
  • $8.00 per unit (0.25 oz)
  • 20% Benzocaine
  • Natural herbal extracts
  • Instant pain relief
  • Coats mouth sores
  • Maximum strength


Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Likeability ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒

Total: 11/20


Best canker sore medication for small, localized areas.




Overall Champion: Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief*

Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief Product Review

Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief was the overall winner because of its instant pain relief, soothing menthol and easy application. Also, the subtle mint flavor was comfortable and easy to manage. DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit is also a quality product featuring 50 applicator tips, an applicator handle and a travel-ready case. It was also highly effective at relieving pain and the mint flavor was enjoyable. Orajel edged out DenTek because DenTek’s liquid-like consistency made it challenging to keep medication in a localized area. Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength Instant Pain Relief rounded out the top three and was one of the more comfortable products to use on sensitive gum tissue.


Final Rankings
  1. Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief 20/20
  2. DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit 18/20
  3. Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength Instant Pain Relief 15/20
  4. Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser 14/20
  5. Red Cross Canker Sore Medication 11/20

* My Dental Advocate product reviews are based on individual experience and your results with the products may vary.


Dr Advocate Avatar IconAbout the Author

Dr. Advocate is an actual board-certified dentist with clinical practice experience and a mission to provide accurate dental patient education. He believes everyone should access easy-to-read dental resources presented in layman’s terms with relevant, up-to-date dental research and insight to improve their oral health.



Top 5 Best Mouth Sore Products

Dentist Tested and Reviewed
Time to Read: 10 mins

Top 5 Best Mouth Sore Products Review | All 5 products being reviewed
Dr Advocate Avatar IconBy: Dr. Advocate

Oral pain can be a real show stopper when you least expect it. You can trigger pain response from many sources, including teeth, jaw, soft tissue, or gums. While most oral pain will need to be assessed and treated by your clinician, some pain relief, such as canker sore treatment, can be accomplished with topical pain relief ointment. Oral pain has an increased effect on our mood, thoughts, and actions. Therefore, finding relief is essential, and individuals can focus on their daily needs when it's achieved.

Oral Pain Causes

  • Mouth burns
  • Accidental injury
  • Minor dental procedures
  • Canker sores
  • Irritations
  • Cheek bites
  • Braces and dentures irritation

Most oral pain relief products are dispensed in a gel form; however, some have a more liquid-like consistency. We analyzed the Top 5 Best Mouth Sore Products that achieve lasting relief and promote oral healing. Let’s take a closer look from a dentist’s perspective.

Related:
Top 4 Best Pain Relief Oral Rinse Review


Evaluation Criteria

We highlight each product's unique, advertised benefits, identify their pros and cons and score each from 1 to 5 based on four categories. The oral rinse with the highest score is crowned the overall champion; however, we’ll also give suggested patient benefits for each product. Price’s listed are subject to change and discussed in each review, however they were not considered within the scoring criteria.


  1. Effectiveness: Does the mouthwash treat the advertised need? How effective were the results?
  2. Comfort: Are you able to swish for recommended time? Did it sting or burn? How did the mouth feel afterwards?
  3. Taste: How was the overall taste? Was it tolerable? Did it alter your sense of taste?
  4. Likeability: Is the product likeable and enjoyable to use? Are you able to use it as directed?



DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit

DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit Product Review

DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit provides a sanitary way to quickly relieve pain caused by toothaches, sore gums, mouth sores, gum irritation, canker sores, cold sores, braces irritation, and denture irritation. This product features 50 disposable applicators, an applicator handle, and a carrying case. 20% Benzocaine is the maximum strength, active ingredient that instantly alleviates pain.

Let’s take a closer look at this pain relief product and see how it stacks up against competitors.


Review

DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit was exceptional at eliminating pain. The travel-ready case, applicators, and applicator handle were convenient to apply in hard-to-reach areas. Also, the mint flavor was flavorful and comfortable to use. Although it provided instant pain relief, the consistency was liquid-like and challenging to keep in a localized area. Lastly, inserting the applicator into the handle and dipping it into liquid is a bit cumbersome.


Highlights

  • $7.50 per unit (50 applicators)
  • 20% Benzocaine
  • Relieves oral pain and toothaches
  • Mint flavored
  • Carrying case provided
  • Sanitary and disposable applicators
  • 50 applicators provided



Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒


Total: 18/20


Best disposable, sanitary applicators for instant pain relief.





Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief

Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief Product Review

Orajel is a trusted brand to manage pain relief and oral care solutions for young adults and children. They offer many products, including a full line of teething pain-relief gel, sore mouth relief, toothpaste, and denture pain relief. Orajel is most well known for its mouth and canker sore pain relief gel that contains 20% Benzocaine active ingredient. Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief also features menthol to soothe gums and an astringent to help protect sores from irritations.

Let’s take a closer look at this medicated mouth sore product.


Review

Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief gel worked exceptionally well at quickly eliminating pain and soothing the tissue with menthol. In addition, the smooth consistency allowed the tissue to gently glide over the gel. Also, the subtle mint taste was pleasing and comfortable to use. Lastly, it provided long-lasting pain relief essential for stubborn mouth sores.


Highlights

  • $6.00 per unit (0.42 oz)
  • 20% Benzocaine
  • Oral pain reliever/astringent
  • Menthol to soothe gums
  • Fast acting pain relief
  • Ready-open tip



Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 20/20


Best medicated oral gel with instant pain relief and ready-open tip.





Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser

Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser Product Review

Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser is distributed by Prestige Consumer Healthcare. They offer many oral care products, including sleep guards, denture grips and denture cleaners. This product is unique because it can be directly applied to a localized sore or dispensed on the tongue (10-20 drops) to swish and rinse. Carbamide peroxide 10% is the active ingredient that offers effective foaming action.

Let’s take a closer look at this compact oral cleanser.


Review

Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser is more gentle on the gums than other products. The consistency is more similar to a rinse rather than a gel; however, it is challenging to keep the solution in a localized area. Also, it wasn’t as effective at relieving pain compared to other products. The peroxide formulation kills odors and germs, providing a healthy surface for healing. Lastly, the taste was acceptable, considering it is an antiseptic oral cleanser.


Highlights

  • $10.99 per unit (2 oz)
  • Carbamide peroxide active ingredient
  • Antiseptic oral cleanser
  • Oxygen-rich microfoam action
  • Cleanses gum irritation
  • Soothes sores
  • Kills odor foaming germs
  • Used as mouthwash or direct application



Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒


Total: 14/20


Best relief for generalized areas of gum irritation.





Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength Instant Pain Relief

Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength Instant Pain Relief Product Review

Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength provides instant pain relief for toothache, gum pain, canker sore and denture pain. This product contains the active ingredient 20% Benzocaine to offer maximum comfort while soothing gum irritation. Anbesol Maximum Strength is available in both gel and liquid forms. Also, you can apply it to the affected area up to 4 times per day.

Let’s take a closer look at this universal pain relief product.


Review

Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength was effective at providing pain relief; however, it wasn’t as instant as other products. Also, the intensity of the topical numbing was inferior. The consistency of the gel was easy to apply and comfortable against the gum tissue. However, it had a slightly bitter taste and lingered for an extended period of time. Lastly, the overall effectiveness was minimal and seemed to wear off earlier than other products.


Highlights

  • $7.00 per unit (0.33 oz)
  • 20% Benzocaine
  • Maximum strength
  • Instant pain relief



Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒


Total: 15/20


Best pain-relieving gel for sensitive gum tissue.





Red Cross Canker Sore Medication

Red Cross Canker Sore Medication Product Review

The Red Cross is most well known for providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief; however, they also offer many products associated with pain relief. Red Cross Canker Sore Medication features 20% Benzocaine for effective pain relief while soothing the gum tissue. This product also contains natural herbal extracts such as aloe, chamomile, echinacea and myrrh. It provides long lasting protection and coats mouth sores to allow proper healing.

Let’s take a closer look at this natural herbal extract product.


Review

Red Cross Canker Sore Medication was minimally effective at relieving pain and was difficult to apply because of its thicker consistency. In addition, the texture prevented gum tissue from sliding around the gel easily and led to poor application. Also, the taste was bitter and difficult to deal with. Lastly, the overall effect seemed to wear off sooner than other products.


Highlights

  • $8.00 per unit (0.25 oz)
  • 20% Benzocaine
  • Natural herbal extracts
  • Instant pain relief
  • Coats mouth sores
  • Maximum strength



Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒


Total: 11/20


Best canker sore medication for small, localized areas.





Overall Champion:
Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief*

Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief Product Review

Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief was the overall winner because of its instant pain relief, soothing menthol and easy application. Also, the subtle mint flavor was comfortable and easy to manage. DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit is also a quality product featuring 50 applicator tips, an applicator handle and a travel-ready case. It was also highly effective at relieving pain and the mint flavor was enjoyable. Orajel edged out DenTek because DenTek’s liquid-like consistency made it challenging to keep medication in a localized area. Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength Instant Pain Relief rounded out the top three and was one of the more comfortable products to use on sensitive gum tissue.



Final Rankings
  1. Orajel 3X Mouth Sore Instant Pain Relief 20/20
  2. DenTek Instant Oral Pain Relief Advanced Kit 18/20
  3. Anbesol Gel Maximum Strength Instant Pain Relief 15/20
  4. Gly-Oxide Antiseptic Oral Cleanser 14/20
  5. Red Cross Canker Sore Medication 11/20

* My Dental Advocate product reviews are based on individual experience and your results with the products may vary.


Dr Advocate Avatar Icon
About the Author

Dr. Advocate is an actual board-certified dentist with clinical practice experience and a mission to provide accurate dental patient education. He believes everyone should access easy-to-read dental resources presented in layman’s terms with relevant, up-to-date dental research and insight to improve their oral health.



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