Out with the old, in with the new
Thought I would break my streak of non-posting (sorry everyone – busy time of year) and fill everyone in on the guinea pig that is my mouth.
…There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.
I’m wrapping up a couple of long-term experiments on products and supplements and just started a couple more.
I’ve been taking Lysine at 2000mg/day for 6 weeks now and I think I have a good enough record to compile some decent results. I’ll need to go over all the data before I release a report, but here are my initial thoughts:
I still got ulcers.
Okay, it’s more complicated than that. At times, I felt like it was working very well, though I still had some significant outbreaks at one major aphthae that I almost never get. So in the end it may even out. I’ll need to crunch numbers to be able to tell if statistically I saw a difference, but I can report that I don’t think Lysine is the cure we all want.
I’ve made my way through an entire tube of Biotene, which equals a few months of brushing and I’ll have to crunch those numbers as well, but again, initial thoughts:
I still got ulcers.
I’ve used non-SLS toothpastes before and didn’t see much of a difference in frequency of ulcers, so I didn’t have that much hope for this. Biotene is supposedly for dry mouth, which I don’t suffer from, but I didn’t see a difference there, either. I can say I didn’t really like the experience of Biotene. It felt like I was brushing my teeth with baking soda that’s been squished into a tube.
So what’s coming up for me? What are the next experiments?
For supplementation, I’m giving B12 a try.
Some of my research showed that B12 and Iron have tested well for RAS sufferers, so I’m going to give it a try. I’ve been taking B12 for almost a week now at 2000 mcg/day and actually, I haven’t gotten an ulcer yet. It’s way too soon to tell if that’s the reason, but that’s what I can say right now. I may consider upping the dosage to 3000 or 4000 mcg/day, though. It looks like 2000 isn’t that notable in the normal diet.
I’m also trying a new toothpaste – another non-SLS product called Powersmile by J/A/S/O/N.
So far, I like it. Unlike Biotene, which didn’t foam AT ALL, this stuff reacts a lot more like normal toothpaste that we’re used to. It has a funky opaque yellow color, but tastes good and otherwise seems to do the job.
Hopefully I’ll get some numbers together and post extensive reviews soon.