Your dentist may prescribe chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex, Periogard), a prescription mouthwash, to reduce the bacteria that cause Reference tooth decay Opens New Window. He or she may also recommend or prescribe other types of fluoride treatment, such as fluoride mouthwash, toothpaste, or supplements.
Over-the-counter medicine can also relieve pain and swelling in your face and jaw caused by tooth decay. These include Reference acetaminophen, such as Tylenol; ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin; and Reference aspirin. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of Reference Reye syndrome Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry