Posted on 8/30/2019 by Dr. Leary
|You've got a toothache when a well-meaning coworker or family members suggest that you put an uncoated aspirin tablet directly onto it.
You've never heard of this method, but think there is no harm in giving it a shot, right? Wrong! Placing aspirin directly onto your tooth can actually lead to even more problems.
Aspirin is Acidic
Aspirin is a great medicine for treating minor aches and pains – when it is taken correctly. This involves swallowing the medication as indicated on the packaging. Aspirin is acidic, so if you place it directly onto your teeth and gums, you could cause burns to the soft tissues. Not only will your tooth hurt, but you'll also experience the discomfort associated with an acid burn.
How to Treat a Toothache
If you experience a toothache, the first thing that you should do is to make an appointment with our office. Despite any home remedies that may provide you some relief, it is still important to identify the underlying cause of the problem. Otherwise, you won't actually treat the issue and it will only get worse.
Over-the-counter pain relievers are some of the best ways to deal with the discomfort of a toothache before you can get to our office. Aspirin is a good option, but other people will use Motrin or Tylenol for relief.
Remember that these medications will simply mask the symptoms and provide comfort until you can get into our office.In addition to medication, there are other steps that you can try. A heating pad or taking a warm shower can lead to some relief, and some dental patients prefer to gargle with salt water. Essential oils like peppermint can also help.
If you are dealing with a toothache, don't wait any longer. Call us today to set up an appointment.