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Orajel (Overview)

Orajel is a trade name for a topical preparation of benzocaine...A local anesthetic. It is used topically to numb the area to which it is applied. Typically, it is applied to oral tissues to reduce pain from canker sores, sore gums or other sensitive areas of the mouth. It is available over the counter.


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What is an alternative to orajel that I could give my teething 6 month old?

What is an alternative to orajel that I could give my teething 6 month old?

Frozen washcloth: I am glad you are hesitant to use orajel on your 6 month old because some children can have deadly side effects to orajel. Try placing a clean wet washcloth in the freezer for a couple of hours then offer to your baby to gnaw on. The cold will ease the gums and it will clean the area at the same time. ...Read more

Orajel (Overview)

Orajel is a trade name for a topical preparation of benzocaine...A local anesthetic. It is used topically to numb the area to which it is applied. Typically, it is applied to oral tissues to reduce pain from canker sores, sore gums or other sensitive areas of the mouth. It is available over the counter.


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I have a tooth ache and can not get it pulled until thursday, is it anything I can do now? I have taken aleve, (naproxen) I have used orajel, and mouth wash

I have a tooth ache and can not get it pulled until thursday, is it anything I can do now? I have taken aleve, (naproxen) I have used orajel, and mouth wash

Yes: Yes there is...You can call your dentist and say you are in horrible pain and need medication. He should have prescribed antibiotics if there was an infection. You seem to need pain medication that is stronger than over the counter meds....You can always increase Motrin to 800 miligrams which is what the dentist often prescribes. ...Read more

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I have a cut on my tongue. I had it for 4 days and just last night and today hurts the most. Can I use orajel to remove the pain?

I have a cut on my tongue. I had it for 4 days and just last night and today hurts the most. Can I use orajel to remove the pain?

Yes: Orajel is a topical anesthetic that will very temporarily relieve the pain. If the paid is really bad you may want to consider over the counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen if it is safe for you to take, although it may not work too well. If the pain lasts longer than a week or two, you can consider seeing a dentist for an evaluation. Although it should begin to resolve soon if just a cut. ...Read more

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Is orajel safe for teething babies? I have used orajel to help my baby with teething pain, but I'm worried about the side effects. Should I stop using it for teething? .

Is orajel safe for teething babies? I have used orajel to help my baby with teething pain, but I'm worried about the side effects. Should I stop using it for teething? .

Seek solutions: Call a pediatric dental specialist (as opposed to a general dentist). They have lots of suggestions that you will find to be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is orajel effective to use as a desensitizer for anal intercourse?

Is orajel effective to use as a desensitizer for anal intercourse?

No!: Quite likely to inflame the sensitive anal tissues instead, so a lubricant made for this purpose is beat to use. ...Read more

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Can orajel work only in your mouth?

Can orajel work only in your mouth?

Orajel: Orajel is a topical anesthetic that is not specific to the oral cavity. It's numbing effect can work anywhere, but it would be more effective on mucous membranes. Please read the directions before using it. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop teething pain? Is orajel safe to use on babies? I haven't really heard of anything else that can help babies with teething pain..

What is the best way to stop teething pain? Is orajel safe to use on babies? I haven't really heard of anything else that can help babies with teething pain..

There: There are small teething rings made to be frozen that you can let you child chew on. Sometimes a clean wash rag will do the trick also. Orajel is generally not recommended for infants because if too much is applied it can be swallowed and cause temporary numbness of the tongue and throat making it difficult for them to swallow.

Contact you pediatrician for recommendations on what analgesic you can use. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my lil brother ate half a tube of baby orajel toothpaste?

What do you suggest if my lil brother ate half a tube of baby orajel toothpaste?

Not a problem: Baby orajel shouldn't contain fluoride so there shouldn't be a problem with toxicity. What you need to worry about in the future is to be sure he doesn't swallow toothpaste with fluoride. If he does be sure he drinks a lot of milk as soon as it happens. The calcium in the milk will bond to the fluoride and keep him safe. ...Read more

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What do I do if my little brother ate half a tube of baby orajel toothpaste?

What do I do if my little brother ate half a tube of baby orajel toothpaste?

Baby Orajel: How old is your little brother? Tell your parent or guardian immediately and have them call the pediatrician! ...Read more

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Could a baby overdose on baby orajel?

Could a baby overdose on baby orajel?

Not really: Using too much baby orajel may make your child nauseated and fussy. The medicament has limited effect. You would be better using a cool or iced rag or frozen rings (liquid filled plastic loops) for them to suck or chew on. ...Read more

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What should I do if I used too much orajel? I have swelling where I applied orajel and think I may have used to much. Will it go away on its own, or do I need to call my doctor? .

What should I do if I used too much orajel? I have swelling where I applied orajel and think I may have used to much. Will it go away on its own, or do I need to call my doctor? .

Orajel: Orajel is a topical anesthetic used for temporary relief of minor tooth/gingival pain. The active ingredient is benzocaine, which is acidic. Overuse may cause a slight chemical burn of the soft tissue, which then could swell due to the irritation. Did you use the orajel for a toothache? If so, then the swelling could be coming from the tooth. If that is the case you need to see your dentist for treatment before the infection/swelling worsens. ...Read more

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I have new dentures I was hurting so I went to put orajel in my mouth accidently put camphor phenol cold sore med in mouth will it hurt me?

I have new dentures I was hurting so I went to put orajel in my mouth accidently put camphor phenol cold sore med in mouth will it hurt me?

No: It probably not have the desired pain-relieving effect, but it should not do you any harm. If you feel your denture is rubbing sore spots on your gums, or hitting too hard on certain teeth, see your dentist for an adjustment. This is very common with new dentures, as they can be challenging to get used to at first. ...Read more

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Can I still use expired orajel?

Not recommended: You should never use expired medicine. As it gets old, the chemicals can break down and produce undesired effects or the medication is no longer effective. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: orajel?

What is the definition or description of: orajel?

See Below: Orajel is a trade name for a topical preparation of benzocaine...A local anesthetic.
It is used topically to numb the area to which it is applied.
Typically, it is applied to oral tissues to reduce pain from canker sores, sore gums or other sensitive areas of the mouth.
It is available over the counter. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is a substitute to orajel?

I need to know if there is a substitute to orajel?

Numerous: There are a numbe of topical anesthetics available otc for gum irritation or numbing of mouth ulcers. Ask your pharmacist. Know that none of them cure a toothache, abscess, infection. Please check w your dentist. ...Read more

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Could a baby overdose on baby orajel?

Not really: Using too much baby orajel may make your child nauseated and fussy. The medicament has limited effect. You would be better using a cool or iced rag or frozen rings (liquid filled plastic loops) for them to suck or chew on. ...Read more

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Can I feed my baby after giving him orajel natural?

Can I feed my baby after giving him orajel natural?

Yes: You are already putting a medication into his mouth so he will swallow a little bit of it anyway. Also, after a couple of minutes the numbing effect should have already occurred. ...Read more

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Is Orajel safe for a 7mos old baby? Can it help lessen teething pain?

Is Orajel safe for a 7mos old baby? Can it help lessen teething pain?

Which one?: Orajel containing
benzocaine should NOT be used before 24 months. Baby Orajel without Benzocaine should be OK. Do not overdose. With a q-tip dap a tiny little bit onto the area where tooth is trying to emerge. A chilled teething ring may be just as effective, Talk to your Pediatrician about Baby Motrin. Take your child to a Pediatric
Dental Specialist (Pedodontist) as a 1st b'day present. ...Read more

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Besides Orajel is there any other ointment over the counter that we could buy?

Problem?: What seems to be the problem with your teeth? Orajel is a topical anesthetic and really will not alleviate dental pain. Definitive dental care will. Call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Pregnant women can use orajel?

Pregnant women can use orajel?

Not in excess: And consult with your obgyn and dentist. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Orajel ok to use while pregnant?

Orajel ok to use while pregnant?

Sure.: Benzocaine is the main ingredient of orajel; when used within reason (not excessive amounts, nor for too long) it is expected to be safe for use during pregnancy and lactation. Pregnancy category c, no human or animal studies available. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put orajel on my toothbrush?

Is it ok to put orajel on my toothbrush?

Yes, but why?: Once per once, orajel is an expensive way to deal with tooth or gum issues. In low doses it will not hurt you but it is not going to help the issue in the long term. See your dentist and deal with your dental issue. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put orajel on baby thigh before shots?

Is it ok to put orajel on baby thigh before shots?

Yes, but...: Most, if not all, doctors would consider that a waste of time and money. The Orajel will not make a noticeable difference in anything related to the shots. Even the skin anesthetics that doctors sometimes use before starting IV's or doing blood draws need not be used in babies' shots, partly because the shot needles are tiny and the pain is more from the vaccine liquid expanding into the muscle. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to become addicted to orajel?

Can it be possible for you to become addicted to orajel?

Orajel: The ingredients in orajel are not addictive. That is not to say that an individual may become dependent on using it unnecessarily. It is intended for short term use. If you or anyone else has a continuing dental problem, it should be evaluated and treated by a dentist. Orajel merely numbs the area, it does not remove the cause of the discomfort. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could take paracetamol after using orajel?

Can you tell me if I could take paracetamol after using orajel?

Yes: Using paracetamol after applying orajel is ok. But what is not ok if you continue using orajel. You could wind up with chemical burn at the affected area where you appying it. If you have a tooth ache seek the help of a dentist. ...Read more

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What is an alternative to orajel that I could give my teething 6 month old?

Frozen washcloth: I am glad you are hesitant to use orajel on your 6 month old because some children can have deadly side effects to orajel. Try placing a clean wet washcloth in the freezer for a couple of hours then offer to your baby to gnaw on. The cold will ease the gums and it will clean the area at the same time. ...Read more