What Makes Aspirin Dangers When Used to Heal a Toothache

Posted on 6/20/2017 by Zac Bird
A woman holding a bottle of aspirin.
When an older person is in pain, one of the first things they tend to grab is aspirin. They grew up in an age where aspirin was the answer to every ache and pain they had.

However, when the pain you are struggling with starts with your tooth, it is important to know that aspirin isn't the medicine you should be reaching for. It could end up leaving your mouth in worse shape than it started in.

Dangers Associated with Aspirin Use on Toothaches

Aspirin is made mostly of acid. The exact type of acid is acetylsalicylic acid. While this acid can give you some relief from pain when it is broken down by your stomach acids, it can also do quite a bit of damage to your sensitive oral tissues if you were to allow it in contact with anything in your mouth.

One of the older methods of treating a toothache was by putting an aspirin right on the tooth or gums that were hurting. It is said that this relieved the pain. What this can in fact do is to break down the enamel of your teeth, and cause direct acid burns on your gums. If you were to try and relieve a toothache this way, it could leave you facing more pain than your toothache originally caused.

When you find yourself struggling with a toothache, stick with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. They can both relieve some of the pain, while also keeping your mouth safe and protected. Don't take the risk that you may hurt your mouth worse by taking aspirin.

Contact our office to have us fix the problem, and use some other type of medicine to ease the pain until you can be seen. Just make sure to avoid aspirin.









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