As mentioned in some of my other reviews, i can be quite accident prone! Well, I decided to into a hard candy, which unfortunately smashed my tooth, and me being silly did not go to the dentist straight away because it did not hurt at the time. Last week I started getting a lot pain in the tooth, and could not get into the dentist for over a week.
I visited my local pharmacy and asked if they had anything at all for dental pain. She recommended the Orajel product, which contains the active ingredient Benzocaine.
When i first bought the product, I did not hold much hope. Dental pain has to be the worst pain there is, simply because it is very hard to sooth, especially when it is relentless pain that has been there for some time, it can take over your whole life! I applied the gel at work one night when the pain was at its worst, and within two minutes the gel had numbed my mouth. I thought it was stupidly fast! My pain was helped so fast it seems as though this a a god gel! I would recommend using this product with a regular course of Ibuprofen too, as that seemed to help the pain a little bit too. The gel is applied by using your finger or a swab with a pea sized amount apply it directly to the affected tooth. It tends to make everything you touch with it numb, so be careful where you put it!
My only problem with this gel was the price. It is a 5.3 gram tube and it cost me just under five pound, which i thought was really high! But in all fairness, the gel worked a treat! It says on the tube to use no more than four times a day, which is roughly all you will need anyway.
I really do recommend this to anyone with dental pain, or just a simple toothache. This worked really well for me, numbing my mouth and relieving the awful pain I was experiencing, just until I could get into the dentist anyway!
ORAJEL EXTRA STRENGTH
***THE PRODUCT AND PRICE***
Orajel comes packaged in a small box and inside you will find the tiniest of tubes, with a screw lid.
It is a small white tube with black writing on and each tube contains 5.3g of the product.
It is available to purchase from tesco and boots as well as many small chemists, I do find the the price ranges between £3.00 and £5.30 depending on where i have bought it from.
Orajel is suitable for use for adults and children over 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 you do is apply a small pea size amount to the affected area, using a clean swab or finger.
***WHY I PURCHASED THIS PRODUCT***
During my pregnancy with my youngest a filling fell out and i ended up with a bad tooth infection, painkillers didn't even touch the pain, the antibiotics helped but not much and the dentist said my tooth needed taking out but he couldn't remove it until i had the baby so my neighbor recommended this to me ( I still haven't been back to the dentist as they scare the hell out of me, so every now and then i get a toothache and still use this product )
***MY OVERALL OPINION***
I have to say that this is amazing and works fast and well, If you have toothache that painkillers don't help with then i strongly advise you try this product.
When i first got this i purchased it from my local chemist where they charged me £5.29 and i thought to myself that it had better work after spending that much.
As soon as i got home I opened this and had a look how to use it and once i had done that using my finger i applied a small amount to the affected area and within less than a minute the pain had gone.
I won't say that it lasts for hours relieving the pain, but it does last quite a while and even using 3-4 times a day a small tube still lasts as not much is needed.
It is especially fantastic at night if you have toothache as it relieves the pain and ables you to get to sleep.
What i will say though is that it doesn't taste all that good, and isn't a long term fix but helps.
Okay I'll admit it. I'm scared of the dentist!
I've not been in years but I know I need to go and soon. A few months ago I had a crack in one of my back upper teeth that got infected. It felt like someone was shoving a hot rod up through the side of my face and into my skull. It was unbearable. That was until I found this little gem, Orajel.
I had tried to usual painkillers both internal like Ibroprofen and external like clove oil. The clove oil made me physically sick so that went straight in the bin.
I stumbled across this small tube of Orajel on offer in Boots for £2.50 and was in so much pain that I would have tried anything. The minute I got home I applied a 'green pea' size amount to the affected tooth as directed. The stinging it caused had me cursing and wishing for the dull ache of the toothache back. But this lasted about 10 seconds and then I swear I sang! The whole area very quickly went numb and I was pain free for the first time in days.
Now the directions say use 4 times a day but I must admit I was using it more often during my worse moments. But I think a lot of that may have been psychological on my part. The pain had been so bad I was terrified of going back there so pre-empted it with more Orajel.
It does have a very chemical taste to it but it is bearable and once your mouth goes numb you don't even notice it anymore anyway.
Once purchased you do have to cut the end of the tube off with a strong pair of scissors so be careful if buying this on the go looking for a quick fix.
I've given birth five times and can tell you now that labour pain has nothing on the pain from an infected tooth. The pain started a couple of days ago as a dull ache and steadily built in intensity until it took over every other sense, a pain so bad that the whole of my jaw throbbed, I couldn't sleep and even talking would send vicious stabs of agony across one side of my face. A visit to the dentist revealed an infection in the nerve under a filling, with the only remedy being to remove the tooth, but this extraction can't happen until the infection has cleared up. This has left me with absolute agony (especially as the otherwise lovely dentist touched the tooth in question setting off even worse pain), with even the strongest painkillers only dulling the pain a touch (and taking time to take effect). So while waiting to pick up my antibiotics, I asked the nice lady behind the counter if she had anything to ease my pain, and she sold me this Orajel Extra Strength, a topical treatment containing 20% benzocaine, which is a local anaesthetic.
Costing me a whopping £5.10 for 5.3g the gel is supplied in a very small tube that is housed in a box along with the clear and easy to read instruction leaflet. It is recommended to read the leaflet before first use as it contains dosage instructions along with age suitability, contraindications and an ingredient list. After a quick glance at the leaflet I was desperate to apply some to the affected tooth, only to find that after removing the screw-on lid the end of the tube needed to be cut off before the first use. I'm in two minds as to whether to remove a star for this, as although it does, admittedly ensure that the gel hasn't been tampered with, it also meant that I had to wait until I got home to apply it, meaning an extra thirty minutes of agony. Oh well, that gave me the bus journey home to fully digest the instruction leaflet.
The leaflet tells me this gel is only suitable for adults and children over the age of twelve and along with the benzocaine it also contains Polyethylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin (E954), Sorbic Acid (E200), Clove Oil and Spearmint Flavour. I'm unsure of the exact qualities of most of these ingredients but have regularly used clove oil (and whole cloves) as an anaesthetic when suffering from a minor toothache and while it tastes disgusting, it does do quite a good job at numbing the affected tooth. The leaflet also gives a list of people who should not use this gel, along with a list of possible side effects, so read the leaflet before use.
Luckily enough I don't fall into any of the categories who cannot use this gel, so as soon as I got home I snipped the end off the tube and prepared to apply it. The instructions state that a pea sized blob of this gel should be applied to the affected tooth using a clean finger or cotton swab. Now I don't know about you but even the thought of putting cotton in my mouth makes me gag, so I apply it with my finger. It's easy to accurately dispense the gel on to a finger tip, it takes a reasonable amount of pressure to release the gel and the nozzle hole is fairly small meaning that it is very difficult to squeeze out too much.
The gel dispenses clear and at a fairly thick consistency that holds together rather than running off the finger. There's no real discernible odour to the gel, I certainly cannot pick out the spearmint flavour it's supposed to contain, if anything I would say it smells a little medicinal with a very slight undertone of clove. Likewise the taste is not quite what would be expected, it is quite a strong taste, but not particularly pleasant or unpleasant. Again the spearmint does not shine through and the best way I can think of describing the taste is that it tastes like a dentist's surgery smells. Applying the gel is simple enough, a pea sized blob is the perfect amount to spread over and around a back tooth and the gel sticks to the tooth fairly well, although a little does escape to affect the surrounding area and some even makes it's way down the back of the throat.
I've been applying this on a back tooth that has a filling in, but is also cracked, infected and was (when I first started using the gel) very painful to the touch. Because of how painful the tooth was I knew that the most I could expect from the gel was a little relief and I was prepared for it to be uncomfortable to apply it. As prepared as I was for the pain of applying this, it still brought tears to my eyes, but within seconds I could feel the gel starting to work and the outer parts of my tooth and surrounding gums began to turn numb. It's a bit of a strange sensation and one that can only be compared to the numbing injections that the dentist gives, only the numbness is not as complete or deep into the tooth. As well as numbing the tooth and surrounding gum, some of the gel found it's way onto my tongue and down my throat, numbing both those areas, which gave me that lovely, dribbly, fresh out the dentist look.
As far as how good a job the gel did at relieving pain, it has to be remembered that even the dentist had said that any injections she could have given would not have completely numbed the pain. So when I say that I was able to stop banging my head to distract from the pain for ten minutes or so while my codeine took effect then you'll realise that it did an OK job, but not fantastic. It did not completely numb the tooth, but did enough to allow me to think of something other than the pain for a few minutes, which is a heck of a lot better than the whole (yes whole) tube of baby teething gel I had used the previous night. The instructions state that the gel can be used up to four times a day, which must mean they expect the effects to last for at least four hours. Unfortunately in my case the effects only lasted between ten and twenty minutes and then the tooth was as painful as ever. This meant I was applying the gel more often than suggested, but I worked out that the best way to use it was to apply it as one set of painkillers were wearing off and the next set kicking in, to cover the parts of the day where the pain was starting to overwhelm and when used in this way I was able to just about cope with the pain and with two days use I still have about half a tube left.
Although I was initially shocked at the price of this gel, I am really glad that I bought it. While it did not give me anywhere near full relief from the pain, it did make it just about bearable while waiting for stronger painkillers to take effect. If asked if I would recommend Orajel Extra Strength, I do believe I would as if it was able to provide even a tiny amount of relief with a toothache as severe as mine was, then it should be able to provide far more relief with less severe pain. (Far better than baby teething gel, I can tell you). Of course it is not a replacement for professional dental treatment and you should still attempt to see a dentist as soon as possible to get the underlying broken tooth/infection/filling/problem dealt with. But simply because it allowed me to eat something after two days of excruciating toothache, I'm going to give Orajel Extra Strength four stars out of five (with it losing that one star because I had to get it home before I could use it).
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 :)
There are few pains worse than raging toothache. I have been suffering raging toothache and I don't like it.
We had nothing suitable to treat it in the house other than whisky so whilst out and about on Saturday I bought some of this Orajel, a product I had never previously tried. It comes in two strengths. It is Benzocaine, a popular anaesthetic and you can get 10% w/v or 20%, the latter being the stronger of course.
Ingredients are listed as follows;
The product comes in a box - within which is a tiny white plastic tube with a screw top containing 5.3g, - much like those tiny travel toothpastes. You squeeze an amount the size of a green pea (not a yellow or red pea, mind) onto your clean figure and apply it to the affected tooth or in my case teeth as the pain went all the way around one side of my jaw and it was difficult to tell where the source was.
It is a clear colourless watery slightly minty gel and it has an almost instant effect in numbing the immediate area and giving a good level of pain relief. You can use it up to 4 times per day. I took this in conjunction with paracetamol as Orajel has an effect only on the immediate area around where you apply it and I also needed something to tackle the pain across my nose and brow.
In comparison with Clove Oil which is the only other such product I have tried for toothache (other than Bonjela which isn't really designed for toothache relief) I would say it gives an all-round better result.
As with all such products, this is only meant as a temporary solution to relieve pain; it won't tackle the cause of pain so of course you should seek dental treatment at the earliest opportunity.
Most supermarkets/high street pharmacies will stock the cheaper 10% w/v strength which is anything between 3 and 4 pounds. I paid £3 in Asda. If you can find it, the higher strength one costs less than 50% more and this is worth buying if you have a low pain threshold.
It is a Church and Dwight product. They also do the Arm and Hammer brand together with Pearl Drops, Arrid Extra Dry and Pepsodent amongst many others. They also do condoms, pregnancy tests and laxatives!
As most of us have found out, dental pain has a tendency to strike at night or at the weekend and when we have nothing in the house to help. This Oragel is good stuff. If you see it on the shelves and have a spare few quid, I would encourage you to get some in. You never know when you might need it.
I have recently stopped smoking using nicorette gum and yes i am a non smoker now feeling on top of the world however the gum i have been chewing helped brake a HUFE chunk out off a already rotten back tooth.
The tooth that is broken is very painful having to suffering tooth trouble as i am on a waiting list for a dentist it will be a while until i can be seen and treated.
To kill the pain of my tooth and gum i have been taking ibuprofen what seems to dull the pain down it still throbs and hurts when i eat. My good old granny recommended orajel and swore by its so instantly though it must be good if granny says so.
To be honest iv been in so much pain i would give anything a try so off i went to our pharmacy. I managed to buy a tube of orajel for £3.99 from lloyds but orajel is also available from boots as well.
Orajel comes in a yellow box and you can pick from the orajel or orajel extra strength. I choose extra strength and recommend this if you are in a lot of pain like i was.
In the orajel box comes a small sheet of instructions with diagrams showing how to apply the gel.
Orajel is in a small tube with a screw cap lid, one tube has 5.3g.
Orajel is a yellow stained translucent gel , the smell reminds me or bonjela with a hint of clove oil.
To apply the gel a cotton bud is best used, a small blob on the end of a cotton bud and rub onto the affected area. The gel can be applied inside a cavity and around the gum for best relief.
When i first applied orajel to my wounded tooth and around the gum i swear it was almost like instant relief. I could feel the tooth and gum numb within a few seconds, this will be because orajels main ingredient is benzocaine. Benzocaine is used in aesthetic.
The pain stopped very quickly with orajel and i could actually have a cup of coffee and sandwich without my tooth hurting this was a real happy moment as i had hardly ate a thing in three days of coarse that made me feel worse. It took around six hours for the pain and throbbing to start again so i just reapplied the gel. The gel can be used up to four times in 24 hours and lasts a good while.
I actually got a good night sleep too absolute heaven.
Orajel really takes the pain away and leaves not nasty tastes in the mouth, it can only be used with adults and children over the age of 12.
I am still in pain and waiting to be seen by a dentist,still continuing to use orajel extra strength as its the only think that works and now i tried and tested it i think its top notch so i will be recommending it from now on.
When in denture pain try orajel extra strength its sure to take the pain away straight away.
For 2 years I had struggled regularly with my wisdom teeth. They would start pushing their way through, causing a months worth of agony, making it difficult to eat, talk, even sleep. Eventually the pain would settle, and I'd go about my daily activities only to be confronted with the same scenario a few months later.
At the time, ibruprofen was the only form of pain relief I was using, and though it aided in easing the throat pain that the teeth caused, it did nothing to help the pain felt in the actual area the roots were pushing through. After a sleepless and particularly painful night, i decided enough was enough, and took a trip to my local pharmacy to see what extra pain relief could be provided. Without hesitation, they presented me with a tube of Orajel Extra Strength Dental Gel.
At £5.10 in Boots for a 5.3g tube, it contains Benzocaine as it's main active ingredient. Not to dissimilar to Bonjela in consistency and smell, the gel is easy to apply and only a small amount is required (though it's worth noting that it's a lot stronger then Bonjela and can only be used for children aged 12 year and over, so is definatley not suitable for teething)
Once home i applied a small amount to my index finger and carefully smoothed it over the gum area at the back of my mouth. I felt it numbing the gum straight away and was given immediate relief. It wasn't all smooth sailing though. I found the process of applying the gel, made my mouth salivate more then usual and as a result it's difficult not to swallow some of the gel as it mixes with your saliva. The effect can be a quite uncomfortable as the mix can cause the whole throat to numb and make eating, and even talking, somewhat more difficult then usual. This usually wears off within around 20 minutes though and for me, was a small price to pay for the relief it brought to my tooth.
All in all, with the temporary discomfort aside, an effective product that does exactly what it says on the packaging. Well worth the purchase.
I had been in a lot of pain caused by a tooth fracture. I had tried Bonjela which works for a short while but doesn't last. I got this from Boots on the recommendation of the pharmacist, you can get a lower strength version straight off the shelf also. It comes in a yellow box which contains a plastic tube with a nozzle applicator. You get 5.3g of gel and it costs £5.50.
This gel contains 20% Benzocaine which is a local anesthetic commonly used as a topical pain reliever. It also contains; Polyethylene glycol, Sodium saccharin (E954), Sorbic acid (E200), Clove oil, Spearmint flavour.
To use this you simply use a clean dry finger to apply a pea size amount to the affected area. You can use this up to four times a day and for no more than four days at a time. It is only recommended for those over 12 years of age.
After using this the affected area is instantly numbed, it does have a distinct taste of clove, which is not unpleasant but might not be to everyones taste. The affected area stayed numb for several hours. The gel is easy to apply it has a smooth consistency and spreads easily.
I would highly recommend this as a temporary solution until you can get to see a dentist. I used this for a few days while I had to wait for an appointment and it really helped numb the pain and stop the soreness. You can also use painkillers at the same time too. This is by far the best product I have tried, you can also use it for general toothache or if you lose a filling etc... I would give this 5 out of 5 I would definately use it again.
I've had a really bad toothache for a couple of days and i'm booked in to have the offending wisdom tooth filled in a few days. In the mean time, i'm in a fair bit of pain with it.
Anyone who has had a bad toothache will know that the pain is awful - the worst kind of pain really as it seems to have no let up and affects the whole side of your face.
I tried taking pain killers for a couple of days (like Ibuprofen & paracetamol) but the main problem with them is they take a while to work when you take them.
Someone suggested I try Orajel extra strength so yesterday off I went to Boots to buy some.'
Orajel extra strength is an over the counter (OTC) medicine so you have to go to the pharmacy counter and ask for it. It's in a bright yellow and red box, so it's easy to spot on the shelves.
It cost me £5.50 for the 5.3g tube which I think is fairly reasonable (I'd have paid twice that to ease the toothache to be honest!).
The active ingredient is a local anaesthetic called Benzocaine, and it works by numbing the affected area. The instructions included in the pack tell you that you can use it up to four times a day for no more than four days at a time, which makes sense as it is only intended to provide short term relief until you can get to see a dentist.
To use, you just rub a pea-sized amount of the gel onto the affected tooth and surrounding gum and after a moment or two the area goes numb.
I've been using the product yesterday and today and i've been pretty impressed - it works very quickly and does provide relief for a few hours at a time which is good.
I would really recommend giving this product a go if you can't see a dentist for a few days and have a hole that needs filling or a broken tooth.
ORAJEL EXTRA STRENGTH
All over the weekend I've been suffering with the dreaded toothache, you see where I'm from you cant see a dentist on a Saturday afternoon, so off i went to the local chemist to buy a tube of orajel extra strength on a recommendation from a family member.
orajel is a medicine made to temporally reduce toothache . and it does exactly what it says on the box, orajel's key ingredient is a local anaesthetic called "benzocaine"
orajel come in 2 types you have orajel original and orajel extra strength.
the orajel is in a white box and is a little cheaper than the orajel extra strength that is in a yellow box. please don't get the 2 mixed up, YOU NEED THE YELLOW BOX ORAJEL
when i bought the oral gel for £5.65 for a 5ml tube i thought it was a little expensive.
i took off the lid snipped the end off to open it, and squeezed until i had a pea size amount of orajel on the end of my finger.
with the orajel on my finger i gently rubbed it onto my gum and tooth that was giving me all the bother. within 5 seconds i could feel my gum and surrounding area going numb and taking away the pain that i put up with for about 12 hours previous.
now I'm in control of my toothache. the orajel extra strength lasts for around 30 Min's, but when the numbness goes the toothache does not seem to come back straight away. (but does so in the end)
only from 1 pea size amount of orajel extra strength took my toothache away for around 5 hours.
1 tube of orajel extra strength gives you around 6 applications.
so if your in pain with toothache in the dentists out of hours,
please buy orajel extra strength. for £5.65 .
i now think its a bargain. 10/10
orajels key ingredient is benzocaine , a local anaesthetic & is recommended for children and adults over 12years old
i never thought something so small could stop all that pain.
orajel is available at chemists, but you need to ask for it by name,
orajel extra strength, no need to suffer any more.
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Orajel is a medicine that is deigned to temporarily reduce the pain of toothache, it is not meant to cure the problem, just long enough until you get to the dentist!
** Packaging **
The Orajel box is bright yellow so really hard to miss, on the front of the box it states 'Rapid relief of toothache' followed by extra strength.
On the back of the box there are instructions, the product is only suitable for persons aged 12 and over. There are also direction on how to apply
On the bottom of the box is the expiry date and its contents, contents include:
Polyethylene glycol, Sodium Saccharin (E954), Sorbic Acid (E200), Clove Oil, Spearmint Flavour.
The product is made out of reselectable cardboard and is a rectangular shape
Inside the box there is a leaflet that I advise you read before you use the product
The packaging the product is actually in is a small plastic tube (the shape of a toothpaste tube, only much smaller) On the face of this tune is directions on how to apply and warnings
Warnings include :
Do not use if you are allergic to local anaesthetic
Avoid drinking hot liquids with this product
May irritate skin n prolonged use
There are others so please read all information before you use
The lid is a screw top which to undo you must turn it anticlockwise
** The Product **
The product is a clear gel, to get to the gel you need to gently squeeze the bottom of the tub, the gel smells very strongly of peppermint.
You apply the gel by placing a small amount on your finger and rubbing in gently in the sore area, I found it much easier to use a cotton bud to apply it as its less messy, much easier to reach the backs of your teeth and also much cleaner.
** Does it work? **
Once rubbed into the effected area, it takes a short while (about 60 seconds) for it to start working, its not a cure for a bad tooth, it just numbs the area to make it less painful.
So does it work? Yes it does, I found this a great help if I have had pain in my teeth.
** Any problems? **
Yes a couple, the main problem is if your problem area is at the back of your mouth, no matter how hard you try you end up getting it somewhere you don't want, usually on your tongue or cheek. Don't worry this wont hurt you, but it will have the same effect and numb your tongue or cheek.
The other problem I had, was although its really fast at working, it doesn't last very long which means you have to keep applying.
** Summary **
For fast pain relief, I would defiantly recommend it, it will worked a hundred times better than bonjela or any other similar product.
It is not recommended for long term use, so no more than 3 days in a row, it actually tastes ok, very strong flavour of peppermint which is always a bonus.
The product cost me just under £4.50 so quite expensive, but I think well worth it!
The product is not very big, but you don't need a lot for it to work so the tube lasts quite along time.
Orajel Maximum Strength Toothache Pain Relief Gel is maximum strength medicine that provides immediate, effective relief from toothache pain.The gel form allows users to have more control of product placement during application.Analgesics taken internally (such as aspirin) can take up to thirty minutes to be effective, but Orajel Toothache gel goes right to the source of the pain for immediate relief.