Product Type: Orajel Oral Care
Newest Review: ... the age of 12 years, On the tube is advises that you can use it up to 4 times daily and that is contains benzocaine 20% w/w. To use all yo... more
Tube of Bliss
Orajel Dental Gel Extra Strength
Member Name: Tarapea
Orajel Dental Gel Extra Strength
Advantages: Numbs even the worst of pain short term, no long term side effects
Disadvantages: Only a short term option, won't give constant relief
Hands up if you've ever experienced an infected tooth nerve? For those of you that have, I know you understand my experience and this review all too well. For those that haven't, let me try and explain... Imagine a searing, throbbing, agonising pain. Imagine it building in intensity every time you swallow, smile, chew, or move your head. Imagine being kicked in the manly/womanly/delete as appropriate parts. Then times it by one hundred. Then imagine your exhausted relief to find a small tube of magic that takes it all away for a few seconds - this, my friends, is Orajel Extra Strength.
What kind of packaging does this blissful tube come in? Well...
A black and yellow box, as it happens. It's quite snazzy really, but I sincerely doubt that if you're in enough pain to need it you'll be noticing the pretty packaging it's wrapped in. It advertises 'rapid relief of toothache' and that's all we're ever going to be interested when we snatch it off the shelf in Boots and begin madly smearing it over our teeth before we even reach the checkout. (Well, alright, that may just be me...)
The product itself is in a small white tube with a nozzle beneath its twist cap. You'll have to snip this off with a pair of scissors, possibly before swearing at it for a few minutes as you try to fathom it out. (That may also just be me!) It's a bit tricky given you're likely to not be in the best frame of mind when using it, a pull-off seal would be a much easy way to keep it sanitary in my opinion.
Inside this tube will be 5.3g of Orajel. The main ingredient of this magic healing potion is Benzocaine. Used by dentists and in sore throat sprays, it's a local anaesthetic meant to numb the area you apply it to. Sounds good, doesn't it? If you buy the Extra Strength version of Orajel, this will contain 20% Benzocaine, a much higher dose than the normal strength version. Having tried both products, I'd strongly recommend the Extra Strength one for being an awful lot more effective. The added cost reaps added benefits.
The other ingredients are:
Sodium Saccharin (E954)
Sorbic Acid (E200)
Clove oil, in particular, is known for its toothache easing qualities.
The instruction manual inside warns that you shouldn't allow under 12s to use this product, nor should it be used more than four times a day. I have personally used it more times than this in my foolish attempt to obtain pain relief, but I cannot vouch for its safety so make sure you follow all instructions and employ much more common sense than me!
When you squeeze the recommended pea sized amount onto your fingertip, you won't find the spearmint scent you were, like me, probably expecting from the ingredients list. Actually, I'm not really sure what it smells like. Definitely cloves, and a little like a dentist office. I've come to associate its strange aroma with relief now, but to be honest, it's not an unpleasant smell, just a bit odd.
The taste is a little odd as well. It tastes.. numb! The idea is to take your little ball of Orajel and push it gently into your affected tooth, rubbing it along with sides and everywhere it's painful. It's quite a messy job, but I've found applying it with a finger much more precise than dabbing at it with a cotton bud. You'll instantly get a sharp aniseed-y taste in your mouth, and as it's such a haphazard task you're likely to find some of the Orajel runs down the back of your throat and gets swallowed. It's testament to how quickly the product works, because when you go to swallow you'll find your throat completely numb! It was a little disconcerting the first time I experienced that (and a little unsexy... One word - drool.) but the effect soon eases and I've not found it has any side effects except for the temporary numbness, though I personally wouldn't advise drinking or eating until you can at least feel your throat properly again, for obvious safety reasons.
So, does it actually work? For me, it does. If I'm being realistic I'll say it's definitely not a long term solution - the numbness lasts for a couple of minutes maximum for me, when I'm in real pain. If it's a less serious toothache, more the type caused by a cavity that needs filling, it'll ease the pain for much longer, around 20 minutes. But then again, if you're experiencing the agony of an infected tooth, even a second of relief is bliss, if it's enough to allow the chance for painkillers to kick in, that's a bonus. So yes, it does work, enough to allow you to get a night's sleep when incorporated with painkillers, but you'll still want to be rushing to see your dentist as soon as you possibly can.
I purchased my latest tube of Orajel Extra Strength from Boots and it cost me around £5 but it can also be found in many chemists, supermarkets, and even Amazon for a cheaper price. I strongly recommend it as a good thing to keep in your bathroom cabinet, just in case.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: Until you can see your dentist, use this!
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