Can You Cure a Toothache by Putting an Aspirin On It?

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There is a home remedy floating around the planet regarding placing aspirin directly on a tooth to help relieve a toothache.

Well! There are a few people who seem to think that this sort of remedy works.

Smile Avenue Specialist Dental Center wishes to highlight important facts about the aspirin use.

  1. You can’t cure a toothache by putting an aspirin on it.  In fact, if you hold aspirin against a tooth long enough, it can damage your gums and other soft tissues inside of your mouth.

Aspirin is able to damage the tissues in your mouth because it is an acid – acetylsalicylic acid to be exact. Like most acids, aspirin will damage your body  tissue through its protein coagulation effects which will may present as severe chemical burns.  

What an Aspirin Burn Looks Like

An aspirin burn turns your gums and cheek tissue to a charred-white color.  Aspirin burns can also be quite painful.  It is literally a burn inside of your mouth!

Don’t Put Aspirin Directly On a Toothache

If you need pain relief from your toothache, it is best to go to your dentist.  If you can remove the cause of your toothache, you can become pain-free and most likely keep your teeth and gums in a healthy state.

Other harmful home remedies that have been used to relieve pain from a toothache include sodium perborate, hydrogen peroxide, gasoline, turpentine, rubbing alcohol, and battery acid. Do not be your own worst enemy by trying to put some of these chemicals anywhere near your mouth.

Swallow Aspirin, Don’t Apply It Topically

If you can’t make it to a dentist and you need some relief from your toothache then you can swallow some aspirin or your painkiller of choice.

Remember that this route will only provide temporary relief and it will not solve the underlying cause of the toothache.

Also, aspirin acts as a blood thinner. This is noteworthy because if the patient chooses to have a tooth extracted, prolonged bleeding may become an issue; a very dangerous issue for some. Aspirin can thin blood for up to 10 days!!!!


So in review: Do not place aspirin on an aching tooth and please divulge your aspirin intake and dosage to the dental team.

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