Mouthguards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances.
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Aloe vera accelerates healing and reduces pain associated with cold sores, which are blisters on the lips or around the mouth. Aloe vera does not have a bad taste or sting when applied.
The journal article, written by Richard L. Wynn, PhD, mentions a study done on a patient with lichen planus, a common disease affecting the skin and oral mucus membranes. The patient drank 2.0 ounces of aloe vera juice daily and applied aloe-vera lip balm. The oral lesions cleared up in four weeks, and complete success was achieved.
Dr. Wynn cited the study as showing that oral health problems can be treated with aloe vera. "Aloe vera can be taken both as the aloe vera juice and aloe vera gel. These are the two modes of delivery recognized by the Food and Drug Administration," says Dr. Wynn.
Reviewed: January 2012
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