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New Acute Pain Guideline

Read recommendations on managing acute dental pain in patients over age 12

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New Acute Pediatric Dental Pain Guideline Available

Acetaminophen and NSAIDs like ibuprofen are recommended as first-line treatments for managing acute dental pain in children under age 12, according to a new clinical practice guideline endorsed by the ADA.

The guideline states that, when used as directed, these medications can effectively manage a child’s pain after a tooth extraction or during a toothache when dental care is not immediately available. If acetaminophen or NSAIDs are administered as instructed by a dentist, the risk of harm to pediatric patients from either medication is low.

Read the new recommendations and download chairside guides with dosing information.
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