May 07, 2013

Temporary Toothache Relief

If you have a toothache, and need some temporary relief until you can get to your dentist, a new study shows that over the counter benzocaine gels can be effective.  Under double-masked conditions, investigators used a variety of gels for 576 participants who applied the gel to open tooth cavities and surrounding oral tissues.  The results were that 10% benzocaine gel offered relief and that 20% benzocaine gel was even more effective and safe in the temporary relief of acute toothache pain. JADA, vol. 144, no. 5, 517-526

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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