R&B Tips: Tylenol vs. Ibuprofen and Salt Water Rinses

amandawalterAcetaminophen/Paracetamol/Tylenol (brand name)

Though they do not act on the inflammation, paracetamols will hinder transmission of pain messages to the brain. They work well for those who are not able to take aspirin. You can combine paracetamol with aspirin or any non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Ibuprofen. In this way, it can work for toothaches. Generally, a dose of 400-500mg is recomended for a toothache. However, excessive use of paracetamols can lead to liver damage.  Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Ibuprofen or Ketoprofen

Ibuprofen is the best over-the-counter option for a toothache.  It is an anti-inflammatory that contains no steroids.  Motrin and Advil (US) are the most common brands.  200-400 mg is recommended.  Ketoprofen is sold under several trade names as well. You can ask your pharmacist for ketoprofen. If you are asthmatic, however, you should not take it. Make sure you read the label for any other contradictions.

Salt Water Rinses

Using salt water rinses has dated back to some of the oldest medical scripts in existence. More than 2000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians found that the use of salt had anti- infective and anti-inflammatory effects.

Salt inhibits bacteria in the mouth. It temporarily increases the PH balance in the oral cavity, creating a alkaline environment in which bacteria struggles to survive. Bacteria prefer an acidic environment to grow and breed. Salt water is an isotonic solution, which means it contains the same salts and minerals our bodies do in equal concentrations. This is the reason why it does not irritate the mucous membrane. 

It is recommended to use by dentists after a dental procedure because it is a gentle healing aid.

It is used to soothe and heal mouth sores. It reduces discomfort or swelling after a dental procedure. It can help reduce aches from a sore throat caused by strep, tonsillitis or even the common cold.

Use salt water rinses 2-3 times a day or more after dental surgery or any other procedure.