CankerMelts is a non-prescription over-the-counter medication produced by Orahealth Corporation, located in Bellevue, Washington. CankerMelts are used to treat canker sores (aphthous ulcer) and other trauma-based mouth ailments. [Barach, Roland “Licorice Root: Old Medicine Unites with New Technology to Treat Canker Sores” ] The product’s active ingredient is Glycyrrhiza extract (GX), which comes from the root of the licorice plant. GX is thought to have pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

CankerMelts are time-released dissolving discs that adhere in the mouth in order to deliver a GX-collagen mix directly to the affected area. The disc dissolves in the mouth, slowly releasing the GX and collagen over two to six hours. Research shows that this mix may reduce the healing time of the canker sores from one to two weeks to three to five days. [Barach, Roland “Kiss Canker Sores Goodbye!” Contemporary Dental Assisting April 2006]

Testing and Research

The results of a 2006 National Institutes of HealthNational Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research funded study at the University of Washington showed oral patches with Glycyrrhiza extract were able to decrease ulcer size and significantly lower both passive and stimulated pain in 81 percent of the treatment group. [ M.D. Martin, University of Washington, Seattle WA, J.A. Burgess Diplomate in Oral Medicine; and J.T. Haley, Orahealth Corp “CankerMelts oral patches with licorice extract reduce pain and speed resolution of canker sores” JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION (JAPhA), March 2007 ]


Seppa, Nathan: [ Patches take sting out of canker sores] , Science News, April 7, 2007

External links

* [ Orahealth]
* [ RDH Magazine for Dental Hygiene Professionals]
* [ WebMD]

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