Whether you take aspirin for heart issues or to treat minor aches and pains, it is important to note that there are two main times – plain and safety-coated. When it comes to your oral health, taking coated aspirin is the best option, as aspirin is acidic.
In fact, its full name is acetylsalicylic acid. Without the proper coating, it can actually cause acid burns on your gums that can be quite painful. Learn more about aspirin and the benefits of coated tablets.
Never Put Aspirin Directly on the Tooth or Gums
There is an old wives' tale that suggests the best cure to a toothache is to put an aspirin tablet directly onto the sore tooth. This can be dangerous to your oral tissues, as the acid in aspirin can leave behind white, painful burns. Plus, it won't help your sore tooth at all, so you'll simply increase your pain level by adding acid burns to the mix.
Tell Us if You Take a Daily Aspirin
If you take a daily aspirin, it is important that you let us know. It affects blood clotting, and it can reduce the chances of stroke and heart attack in cardiovascular patients. Unfortunately, this can increase the risks of unwanted bleeding during dental work. For example, aspirin therapy may increase the degree and rate of bleeding during a root canal, tooth extraction, and other procedures that could break the soft tissue surface. When we know about medications that you are taking, we can make the most accurate diagnosis of your oral condition.
If you are suffering from a toothache, feel free to take coated aspirin to help with your discomfort until you are able to visit our office. However, even if the pain subsides, you should still follow through with your visit. We will help to identify the cause of the problem and create an appropriate treatment plan.