Why Can't You Put Aspirin on Your Gums?
Columbus, OH

Posted on 2/29/2020 by Dr. Nick Raptou
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About Aspirin


The scientific name for aspirin is Acetylsalicylic Acid. That's right - acid. So, if you place aspirin on your gum or anywhere around your tooth to ease the pain, whether you make what some people call a paste out of it you will not only be dealing with a toothache, but also a chemical burn on the soft tissue of your gum.

Sometimes the burn is a white area and sometimes looks more like an ulcer. Soft tissue injuries like the burn will cause on the inside of your mouth will take about two full weeks to heal. Acidic environments are never good for your teeth in general. They are in fact what break down your teeth to form cavities, to begin with.

Your tooth that is causing you the pain likely already has a severe cavity that has penetrated a nerve, but what about your other teeth? It is possible that when the acid in the aspirin dissolves and reaches the other teeth, it can only lead to additional cavities.

Using Aspirin Properly


If you are experiencing severe pain due to a toothache, the best and safest way to ingest an aspirin, of course, is to swallow it. By swallowing, your body will break down the acid, your intestines will absorb it and then it will float into your bloodstream thus dissolving to help with the pain.

If you do by mistake put and dissolve an aspirin directly on your gum, call us right away for health care instruction. Many times, if rinsed out immediately, it will heal on its own within a week or so, but, again, please give our office a call as soon as possible.

Again, as a precaution never place the aspirin against the tooth or gum area of your mouth. Please contact us as soon as your tooth pain starts so we can get you in to see us as soon as possible to get rid of your pain for good.

To learn more, give us a call at (614) 427-0449, or use our secure online appointment request form to get started with your consultation.

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