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A 41-year-old male asked:

Can you suggest an otc oral anesthetic rinse?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
OTC oral anesthetics: Many OTC anesthetic products are available: Xylocaine, (lidocaine) Anbesol or Orajel. They provide only temporary relief of discomfort. Even if the pain resides after a day or two, you still need to see your dentist for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Don't just treat the symptoms, find the cause.
Jun 17, 2015
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Depends what you're : using it for? Sore tooth? Gums? Throat? Need more info to answer accurately. Best to contact your dentist especially if it involves your teeth and gums. There are many products to choose from! Thanks!
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Chloraseptic: for cold sores and the like, Chloraseptic which is in the drug store without prescription will help the pain. Benzocaine will numb your mouth but may slow healing. If you have a toothache or pain in the jaws, throat or cheeks, see your dentist. Home remedies won't help. Good luck.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Cause: It's important to first define your problem, then determine the appropriate course of treatment. Suppressing symptoms as the underlying pathological process intensifies is at best counter-productive, at worst dangerous. It would be prudent to start with your Dentist, rather than the supermarket/drug store shelf, to help you determine what's wrong and then how to best treat your problem.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Diagnosis?: Important to know what the problem is. For example, treating oral cancer with an anesthetic rinse not good. See dentist or oral surgeon for exam/recommendations.

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