Dangers of Putting Aspirin in Your Mouth to Treat a Toothache
Posted on 12/25/2018 by Downtown Dental Care Office
Aspirin is a common medication that can be purchased over the counter for many aches and pains. It has also been recommended for older patients or those at high risk for a heart attack. However, some people will also use it to help a toothache that they are experiencing.
They will break the medication down in their mouth, place it on the area that is bothering them and let it sit there. This is meant to numb the area and put the pain medication where it is needed.
Aspirin Can Cause Damage to Teeth
Since aspirin is an acidic-based medication, it is important to realize that holding it on the outside of the teeth can break down the enamel and make the teeth break down with it. This is causing them to remove the protective outer-layer that would otherwise protect the inside or pulp of the tooth.
Having anything acidic sitting on the outside of the teeth, even orange juice, can cause the teeth to break down. This then causes cavities and infections to happen within the tooth when the cavity goes further down than necessary. This is important to think about if you use aspirin to treat toothaches on a regular basis. It might be wearing the tooth down even more than necessary.
Before taking aspirin for any condition or pain that is being felt, it is important that a patient first consult with their primary care provider, as well as our dental professionals. Taking any medication should be done responsibly.
For more information about tooth pain and sensitivity or to schedule a time to come in and take care of any dental issues that you may be having, speak with us today. Give our office a call and our dental professionals would be more than happy to provide an assessment.