The Dangers of Putting Aspirin Against Your Gums to Soothe Dental Pain
Posted on 2/10/2019 by Dr. Janice Pliszczak
Anyone who has ever experienced a toothache is familiar with the all-encompassing agony that accompanies it. It's a unique kind of misery that can double over the most steadfast person.
However, there are several dangerous misconceptions about how to alleviate the associated pain that goes along with it. One such bit of terrible advice is the suggestion to put aspirin against the site of pain. To avoid long lasting damage to your teeth and gums, never apply aspirin directly against them.
What's So Bad About Using Aspirin?
Aspirin is one of the oldest medicines on the books – our grandparents' grandparents used it, so it must be absolutely safe, right? Not when it comes to dental pain!
First, take a look at the active ingredient in aspirin: acetylsalicylic acid. Note the word “acid” there? While it works as a fantastic analgesic, it is highly corrosive.
Placing a tablet of aspirin against your teeth can actually damage the enamel, causing lasting harm to the teeth. Furthermore, aspirin can quickly work its damage against the soft tissues in your mouth, leading to open sores and ulcers on your gums, cheek, tongue, and soft palate.
The worst part about all of this, though? Placing the aspirin against your tooth is going to do literally nothing for your dental pain.
So What Can I Do for Pain? Just like you wouldn't put an aspirin on your forehead to treat a headache, you're not going to put one against your tooth for a toothache.
However, if your tooth is bothering you before you can get into our office, you can certainly take an oral analgesic. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen both work systemically, so you can take either to help relieve some of the pain.
If your dental pain is causing you distress, give our office a call to schedule a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning. Our highly professional skilled staff will assess your teeth and work with you to give you a healthy, beautiful, pain-free smile.