Is It Ok To Place Aspirin Against Your Gums To Fight a Toothache?
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Dr. Todd Rogers
If you are having a toothache, you will do anything to rid yourself of the pain. We understand. When your teeth are hurting, everything hurts.
However, there are things you can do to help with the pain. There is an old wives' tale that says you can put an aspirin on your gums, and it will make your teeth feel better. Keep reading for information on toothaches and ways to prevent them.
What Is A Toothache?
There are several reasons why you might have a toothache. Perhaps you have a canker sore along your gumline. You might also have received a blow to the face, which can cause your teeth to hurt. People also hurt their teeth when they clench or grind them at night.
The most common reason you have a toothache is because of tooth decay. Tooth decay is a bacterial infection in your mouth. The bacteria gradually make a hole in your tooth by eating away at the enamel on the surface of your tooth. If you brush away bacteria, or you visit us to have your cavity filled in quickly, that is usually all it takes to heal your tooth.
However, if you don't take care of the problem, it will continue to eat into the middle of the tooth where the nerves are. This can cause infection and pain. The pain from the infection will get worse over time if you don't treat it.
Treating a Toothache
One old wife's tale suggests that you can help the pain in your tooth by placing an aspirin on the gumline. However, if you place an aspirin on your gums, you may end up doing more harm than good. Aspirin is an acid, and it can burn your gums. It can even make the infection from your tooth worse.
Do you have a toothache? We can help! Let us fix your tooth and help you feel better as soon as possible.
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