Teething gels are used to relieve symptoms of pain caused due to mouth ulcers, teething or irritation of dentures. Teething gel usually contains 3 active ingredients – lidocaine hydrochloride, cetylpyridinium chloride and chlorocresol. Both cetylpyridinium and chlorocresol are antiseptics that kill bacteria and fungi responsible for mouth infections. Lignocaine hydrochloride a local anesthetic that works to treat pain by blocking the path through which pain signals travel along the nerves. This blockage is temporary.
The lidocaine is used to relieve pain, and the antiseptics work to prevent infections from developing in the inflamed areas.
How to use the teething gel
Take a small amount of gel, and apply it on the inflamed area of the mouth.
It is used to relieve pain that occurs during teething, or is caused as a result of denture irritation or mouth ulcers.
Precautions with teething gels
- The gel should not be applied more than 4 times a day.
- If there is no change in the symptoms for more than a week, consult your dentist.
- If you are allergic to any of the 3 ingredients, do not use the medications.
- There are not known to be any harmful effects when used during pregnancy or during breast feeding. However, always consult your doctor before using this medication.
Side effects of teething gels
In some instances, ulcers may develop where the gel is applied.
This medication has not been found to have any interaction with other drugs.