Dr. Jennifer Vitarelli

Aspirin For Toothache – Is It Safe? Dentists Say It’s Not

Toothache easily breaks your day apart. It can range from mild to severe, it can be constant or intermittent, or it could be throbbing in and around your teeth and gums. However you feel the pain, it isn’t something easily endured.

Toothache can sometimes result in mind to severe fever, which makes it even more worse. In a condition like this, many people reach out for anything they can find to get rid of the pain immediately. But no matter how bad the pain is, do not take aspirin for it.

Dentists Recommend Against Aspirin for Toothache – Here’s Why

  • A lot of people may have told you how you can get immediate relief from toothache by placing aspirin on the affected tooth. But the dentists recommend highly against this practice.

Placing aspirin on your teeth is a very dangerous practice because once the aspirin is gone, it will leave behind a white, chemical burn on the area. This typically results in a painful burn on the soft tissue below the teeth and it can last for several days.

  • Putting an aspirin on your teeth isn’t going to make the pain go, it is only going to worsen things for you. You’ll end up dealing with not only the toothache but also the painful chemical burn left behind it.

It’s very unfortunate that many people don’t know the effects of placing aspirin on your teeth. Even worse is people continue to use this remedy. The reason why aspirin leaves behind a painful burn on the soft tissue is due to Acetylsalicylic Acid. 

  • Dentists advise against acidic food and beverage because the acid can damage the teeth enamel and if it’s strong, as in the case of aspirin, it can burn your tissue especially when it is placed on something as delicate as your gum tissue. 

In simple words, do not use this remedy at all costs.

So What Can You Do For Immediate Toothache Relief?

  • There are many other methods you can try before you go to the dentist to find the root cause of the toothache. The easiest is to reach out for ibuprofen or acetaminophen pain control management pills that are easily available over the counter.

You can also use toothpaste that provides relief from toothache and sensitivity. Just place a bit of toothpaste on the top of the affected teeth and let it rest there for a bit. After about 2-3 minutes, rinse your mouth with fresh water.

  • You can also use mouthwashes designed to clean the teeth and provide immediate relief from toothache. If the pain persists and doesn’t go away in two days, immediately visit your dentist and let them know.

Consistent toothache is a red flag for many oral diseases. If you ignore the pain and try to manage it with painkillers and other homemade remedies, it will gradually lead to plaque, decay, and even periodontal disease. 

So make sure every time you have a severe or throbbing toothache that refuses to go away, visit the dentist immediately. Vitarelli Dental in Saddle River is always accepting new patients. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for an appointment or just walk into one of our dentist offices. 

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