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How Aspirin Can Damage Your Teeth

Posted on 11/20/2016 by Na Xu
A collection of aspirin pills pouring out of a bottle!
Aspirin is the go-to medicine for a lot of adults. It was all that was available for a very long time, plus, for many people, it is part of their daily medical routine so they have it on hand at all times.

The problem is, if you use aspirin to recover from a toothache, it can actually do more harm than good in the long run. If you are trying to relieve pain in your mouth, you may want to avoid aspirin.

Understanding Aspirin

Aspirin is actually an acid, acetylsalicylic acid to be exact. This acid can damage the tissues that it comes in contact with and can leave you in pain from having taken it. Most forms of aspirin come coated for that very reason.

However, if you take the uncoated variety, the acid comes in contact with tissues all the way from your tongue down to your stomach. This means that the acetylsalicylic acid can damage your tongue, gums, and palate before it even leaves your mouth.

On top of that, if you were to mistakenly put an aspirin on the area of your mouth that hurts, such as at the base of a tooth, it could cause permanent tissue damage to the gum it was sitting against. The acid is very strong, so it needs to be taken with great care when you are taking it for any type of pain in your mouth.

Should you find yourself needing to take aspirin for tooth pain, make sure you only take it until you can see your dentist and make sure you take the coated variety.

Then, call your dentist and take their first available appointment so that you can get out of pain and stop using the aspirin. Contact our office today to diagnose your tooth ailment today!

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