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Types of OTC Pain Relievers You Can Use for a Toothache
Posted on 2/20/2020 by Tod A. Bigelow, DDS, PLLC
Before you just pick up the nearest bottle of OTC pain medication and run out the door with it, let's look at what is causing your tooth pain and that will help determine better what OTC medicine to purchase. Is your pain from wisdom teeth, discomfort from advanced gum disease or gum infections, do you have an abscessed tooth, or maybe you have a broken or cracked tooth? Choosing the Right OTC Pain Reliever We have all been there. Your tooth is hurting – but you can't get in to see the us until tomorrow or the next day. What are you going to do? The next stop is to the local pharmacy to find some pain relief. You need to understand how each type of OTC manages pain and most importantly, are they going to be safe for what you need. Will they interact with any other medications you are taking or cause problems with any other medical conditions you might have. It might seem silly, but you really should check with your health professionals before taking any OTC medications to be aware of any possible adverse drug interactions that may occur with any current prescription medications you may currently be taking. OTC may indeed be available without a prescription but make no mistake they can cause serious side effects and it is more than possible to overdose. Most Popular OTC Medications Ibuprofen is the most popular OTC pain relief medication used in the dentistry. It is distributed under names such as Motrin and Advil. Ibuprofen is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug or more commonly known as an NSAID and works very well for dental pain because it will reduce inflammation. Tylenol is second most popular OTC pain relief medication. Those who are unable to take ibuprofen use Acetaminophen – it is an analgesic and does not have anti-inflammatory properties. Both of these medications have warnings about prolonged use and who should *not take these medications as well. We encourage anyone who is experiencing tooth pain to call our office immediately to discuss with us what you should be taking until we can get you an appointment with one of our dentists to appropriately assess your situation....
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All Posts:

Types of OTC Pain Relievers You Can Use for a Toothache
2/20/2020
Two Most Overlooked Dental Issues That Could Become Deadly
1/30/2020
Types Of Toothpaste For Protecting Sensitive Teeth
1/20/2020
Can a Broken Veneer Be Fixed or Does It Require Replacement?
12/30/2019
Breathing with Your Mouth Open Can Increase Your Risk of Cavities
12/20/2019
Is Keto Safe for Your Teeth?
11/30/2019
What Is Composite Resin and When Is It Used?
11/20/2019
Why Do Taste Buds Randomly Swell Up On Your Tongue?
10/30/2019
What are The Secrets of Having a Photogenic Smile?
10/20/2019
Reasons We Scrape Along Your Gums When Doing a Cleaning
9/30/2019
Tips to Help You Keep Your Teeth Your Whole Life
9/20/2019
You Can Gain Confidence from Composite Fillings in Your Front Teeth
8/30/2019
What To Do if Your Molar Cracks
8/20/2019
Is Seeing Us More Often Helpful?
7/20/2019
How to Help Gums That Naturally Recede as We Get Older
7/10/2019

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