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A 22-year-old female asked:

i found orajel that expired in 2005, is it safe to use, will it just work less or will it be dangerous to my mouth?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Oragel: Oraljel that has been expired for 15 years! When in doubt throw it out !
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Way too old...: That poor old tube of Orajel is waaay past its prime. It probably isn't worth the effort to use it. Go spring for a new tube or container of a similar product and then you'll get more years from it, let alone immediate relief.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Oragel: Not dangerous, but after 15 years, not effective. Throw it out and buy new.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Dated med: Rule of thumb, meds May be therapeutic for about a year beyond expiration date. Toss it and buy a new tube.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
May not help: For almost all drugs, the expiration date reflects how long a drug has been studied and determined to still be potent. The product’s effectiveness may decrease once it goes past its expiration date. In a handful of drugs, toxic chemicals may form after the expiration date. As for Orajel in question, just understand that it may not work. If you can afford to purchase a new tube, that would be best.

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