A 44-year-old member asked:
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what to do if i have a tooth ache & i tried adult maxium strength anbesol but it wore off, so then i tried baby orajel swabs?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Call a dentist: Orajel is great for teething babies, when the pain is from a tooth that is erupting through the gum. For adults, the treatment of choice is to be immediately seen by a dentist. Orajel prolongs the inevitable.. An emergency if the tooth is not treated soon. Please make the call and feel better tomorrow, .
Answered on Dec 22, 2013
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Orajel: Unfortunately, too many patients think that applying such things as orajel will help with toothaches. It rarely does. It is intended for a surface numbing only and does not go to the root of the problem- an internal tooth problem. Call your dentist and get an appointment right away. In the meantime, otc pain medications such as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) will probably work better.
Answered on Dec 22, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Not a DIY project: Toothache usually means a deep infection of the tooth that can quickly spread to other parts of the body via the circulatory system. To treat the toothache you have to treat the infection. Placing a surface numbing agent will not "fix" the infection. Please call your dentist for care. That's what he's trained to do. Quit wasting time and money on store-shelf products
Answered on Dec 22, 2013

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