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.

 

Lysine PillsLysine

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.

 

Biotene toothpasteBiotene

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.

V12 bottleSome 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.

Powersmile by JasonSo 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.

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