Anbesol is a name brand for the drug called benzocaine. Benzocaine is used to remove pain from sore throats, toothaches, cold sores, denture wear, teething, braces, and canker sores. The medication is available over-the-counter at grocery stores and pharmacies. It comes in a variety of forms, gel and liquid, and strengths, including Anbesol Maximum, Regular, Jr. and Baby. For more intense pain, some dentists prescribe stronger forms of Anbesol.
Squeeze a small amount of Anbesol gel onto your finger or a cotton swab.
Rub the affected area with your finger. For example, if using Anbesol for a canker sore, rub the medication directly on the sore.
Allow the medication to dissolve. Don't eat or drink until the medication has dissolved in the mouth. Leave your mouth open for approximately 30 to 60 seconds to eliminate the possibility of removing the Anbesol from the area.
Dissolve in water. If using the medication for several areas of the mouth or for a sore throat, dissolve the recommended dose in a few ounces of water and swish it in the mouth. Gargle the dissolved dose when using for a sore throat.
Discontinue use after 2 days, unless directed otherwise by a physician. If pain persists, consult your doctor or dentist..