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Orajel Pain Relief

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 3 minutes read

Orajel is for temporary rapid relief of toothache pain in the mouth.

Orajel is a local anaesthetic with two strengths: single-strength over-the-counter and double-strength behind-the-counter. It comes only in a gel formulation, which is excellent for targeting a specific area.

Doctor’s advice

Who is Orajel Pain Relief for

This local anaesthetic provides effective pain relief from:

Orajel contains a double-strength local anaesthetic formulation (benzocaine 20%), making it suitable for all altitudes of pain. The formulation is a gel, which makes it easier to target a specific area. Also, evidence suggests that benzocaine as a local anaesthetic is more therapeutic for pain relief in the mouth than lidocaine, the ingredient in Anbesol. This can be used from 12 years onwards and is also sugar-free, making it suitable for people with diabetes.

Many users report experiencing a significant reduction in pain within minutes of application. However, it's important to note that Orajel is intended for temporary relief only and may not address the underlying cause of the oral discomfort. Individuals experiencing persistent or severe toothache should seek professional dental care to address the root cause of the issue.

Alternatives and Complementary Products

In addition to Orajel Pain Relief, there are several alternative products and home remedies available for managing oral pain. These may include other topical analgesics, such as lidocaine or numbing gels containing natural ingredients like clove oil or peppermint. Furthermore, maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, can help prevent toothaches and other oral health issues.

How does Orajel Pain Relief work?

The active ingredient in Orajel Pain Relief products is typically benzocaine, a local anesthetic known for its numbing properties. Benzocaine works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals in the affected area, thereby reducing the sensation of pain. In addition to benzocaine, Orajel formulations may contain inactive ingredients such as menthol, which provides a cooling sensation, and various soothing agents to alleviate oral irritation.

When applied to the affected area, Orajel Pain Relief products form a thin layer over the surface of the gums or oral mucosa. The benzocaine in Orajel penetrates the skin or mucous membranes and blocks the transmission of pain signals from the nerves to the brain. This numbing effect provides rapid relief from toothache pain, allowing individuals to resume their daily activities without discomfort.

Should anybody not take Orajel Pain Relief

This gel is not suitable for children under the age of 12. It is also not suitable for anyone allergic to the following ingredients in the Orajel. It is unsafe in patients who suffer from poor haemoglobin production. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is important you speak to your doctor before using Orajel.

Are there any side effects?

If you have a mouth ulcer and has gotten bigger or is not improving while using Orajel, you should stop using it and ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice. Any side effect will most likely be a result of an allergic reaction. If you notice a side effect, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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