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What is the best medicine for toothache?

What is the best medicine for toothache?



What is the best medicine for toothache?

What is the best medicine for toothache?

Toothache is a fact of life. This means it can affect everyone in the family, from the new baby, Doli, to granny Bibi and all the family members in between. This presents a problem for you and your medicine cabinet. You like to be prepared so rather than having a lot of different medicines, you’re thinking of just one medicine that will work for toothache – as well as other things.

Before we get to toothache medicine, let’s look at what causes toothache.


What Causes Toothache?

The most common cause of tooth pain is decaying or rotting teeth, broken teeth, and damaged fillings. The decay causes infections and tooth abscesses which are very painful. Bacteria cause gum diseases, like gingivitis and periodontitis, which can result in permanent damage to your teeth, gums, and even your jaw. In severe cases, people can lose some or all of their teeth.1 Tooth decay can be a problem at any age if you don’t brush your teeth and have regular dental check-ups.

Other causes of toothache

Bibi’s toothache comes from two things: she grinds her teeth. Over the years, this has worn her teeth down causing tooth- and headaches.2

Babies, children, and young adults also experience pain when they get new teeth – some people will only have their full set of 32 teeth by reaching their early twenties. We most commonly associate the eruption of new teeth with teething in new babies. At five months, Doli’s teething and with that, she’s irritable, drooling, and running a slight temperature.3

That’s not all, Timon’s molars are erupting, and he’s also complaining of aching gums, and because his temperature’s up a little, you think he may be coming down with something.4

It seems like all you need right now is the right toothache medicine. One that’s suitable for babies, growing children, grannies, and, oh yes adults: Rafiki’s impacted wisdom teeth seem to be infected, making his teeth ache.5


Cipladon Effervescent Paracetamol is an effective toothache medicine

Paracetamol is the generic name for a medicine that you can buy over the counter to treat mild to moderate pain and fever. Paracetamol is also the painkiller that doctors recommend most often.6 This makes it a good toothache medicine choice especially for people – like Bibi – with her gastric problems – who cannot take Ibuprofen or aspirin because that can cause bleeding. Paracetamol is also safer for Timon who is asthmatic.

Speaking of aspirin, two things are important: it does reduce pain but can also promote bleeding. 7 Also, the old wives’ tale about putting aspirin (or disprin) directly on your tooth or gums to help with toothache, is just that: a story. Don’t do it: both aspirin and disprin are acid. Putting them on your gums does not help the toothache pain. Instead, they can burn and damage your gum tissue.

For children, paracetamol is available in syrup, tablets and effervescent tablets like Cipladon 500mg which is suitable for children who are 8 years and older. You will find a useful table about dosing children here.


Cipladon is a smart choice: f-f-fizzy, f-f-faster toothache medicine

Cipladon is an effervescent paracetamol tablet that comes in two sizes, 1000mg and 500mg tablets. Cipladon 500 has a sweetened flavor. Both dissolve in water to make a fizzy drink. This not only makes for faster pain relief but it’s much easier to take. It also makes for easier dosing, especially for children, like Nuru, and older people, like Bibi, who have difficulty swallowing a tablet.

Prescribed Cipladon dosage amounts

Adults can take between 500 and 1000 mg of Cipladon, dissolved in a small glass of water, for pain and fever. The doses should be at least 4 hours apart and you can take a maximum of 4 doses in a 24-hour period.8


  • Children should not be given paracetamol for more than 3 days without consulting a healthcare professional.
  • If you have a toothache for longer than 1 or 2 days with no symptoms, for example, of a sinus infection, go and see a dentist.9

In short: Cipladon effervescent paracetamol is easy to give, tastes great and relieves pain and fever f-f-faster!

The fizz works, making it the best general toothache medicine.

Disclaimer: The information on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice.  If you are unsure what dosage to give your child, ask your pharmacist/healthcare provider. If symptoms persist, seek medical advice.


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Please note the content on this website is not intended to be a substitute to a medical professional consultation.