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No one enjoys a toothache. In fact, when someone has a toothache, it may be the only thing they can think about it. It is a unique kind of discomfort, which may affect everything you do until it is fixed.

If you do develop a toothache, the first thing you should do is call our dentist, Dr. Nidal Obeid and make an appointment. Until then you may try treating it with a topical pain reliever, and there are several brands on the market. But, use them with care.

The active ingredient in many topical pain relievers is benzocaine. Although problems with benzocaine may be rare, it has been linked to a condition known as methemoglobinemia, in which the amount of oxygen is the bloodstream is reduced.

For this reason, it should never be used with children younger than two. Some of the symptoms of methemoglobinemia include shortness of breath, a grey complexion and fatigue. If you notice any of those signs in someone who has used a topical oral pain reliever, you should take them to the emergency room immediately.

If you would like some help taking care of a toothache in Palatine, Illinois, Family Dental of Palatine can schedule for a visit and give you advice on how to manage the discomfort until your appointment. Call 847-485-8767 today.