Using Aspirin for Toothaches

  • Posted on: Dec 17 2013

Today, aspirin is a staple of at-home health care, used by millions of people to combat daily aches and pains. Aspirin is a salicylate, and works to reduce harmful substances in the body that cause pain, inflammation, and even fever.

Aspirin is also used to treat toothaches. Here are some of the most important things to know while taking aspirin for a toothache:

  1. Use only for mild to moderate pain. Dentist will usually only recommend aspirin for patients experiencing mild or moderate pain related to toothaches, TMJ, or dental surgery. For more severe pains,  stronger treatments and medication are usually required.
  2. Take only as directed. For many years, people believed that placing an aspirin tablet directly on or next to a painful tooth would help eliminate the pain faster. However, research has shown this can actually cause additional tooth pain, as well as burning! It is important to take the aspirin as directed on the label, or as described by your dentist. Swallow an aspirin as a whole- do not crush, or break open an aspirin tablet.
  3. Use the proper dosage. It is extremely important to use the correct aspiring dosages to treat mild dental pains. According to the MayoClinic, adults suffering from mild dental pains should take about 650 milligrams of aspirin every four to six hours. If you are already taking additional medications, that must also be considered before you start taking a regular doses of aspirin.
  4. Discuss any possible side-effects with your dentist. Before you begin taking aspirin for any serious dental issue, discuss any medicines you take with a dentist. Also, let your dentist know of any allergies or sensitivities you have to medicine. Although aspirin is generally tolerated by most patients, common side-effects of long-term aspirin use includes nausea, abdominal pain, and excessive bleeding. Patients should also avoid excessively drinking alcohol while regularly taking aspirin.

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