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Why is Aspirin So Dangerous if Placed on a Sore Gum or Tooth?

Aspirin is something that shouldn’t regularly be taken for aches and pains unless prescribed by a doctor to do so. This is something that you should consider before you place the medicine directly on the gums. While it might provide relief for a matter of minutes, it is not a way to cure the pain you’re in. Only our dentists can help you relieve the tooth pain you’re experiencing.

Reasons to Not Place Aspirin on Your Gum or Tooth

There are many reasons that you should not place aspirin on your tooth or gum. When you have pain in that area, it is best to take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil to help with the pain.

When you place aspirin on the sore tooth or gum, you’re risking damage to the soft tissues of the gum or erosion of the enamel on the teeth. This medication can be very damaging when it is not used as directed or prescribed.

Placing aspirin on the tooth is actually a myth that was brought about years ago. It is harmful to the mouth and teeth and shouldn’t be practiced or recommended to anyone because it is straight acid. When you have a toothache, there are other ways to get immediate relief. Over-the-counter numbing agents can be purchased at local drug stores to help provide a fast-acting numbing feeling in a targeted area where the pain is coming from until you can call our office to be seen.

Call Us As Soon As a Toothache Starts

If you notice that you have any sort of tooth pain or perhaps you have damage from using aspirin on the gum and tooth area, give us a call. We can get you in to see the damage done or to help repair the tooth so you’re no longer in pain. We have emergency appointments available when you call us during a time of need.