Most of the time it is a good idea to listen to your elders. However, we have all heard urban legends and tall tales and have wisely chosen to seek other counsel. Occasionally we are asked if it would benefit the patient to set an aspirin on their gums if they are experiencing pain. We advise you to ingest aspirin orally instead.
Aspirin is used to reduce fever and relieve discomfort. It can be dispensed to help with muscle aches, toothaches, common cold, and headaches. It works by blocking but production of prostaglandins. This type of cell regulates the pain and inflammation in your body. When aspirin blocks those cells, you do not feel the pain and inflammation. Aspirin is a beneficial over the counter medicine, which helps with many common ailments. Arguably, it may be the most versatile and least expensive drug on the market when taken properly.
Take aspirin orally with food. It should not be taken on an empty stomach. Drink a full glass of water with your aspirin to prevent an upset stomach. Aspirin may be swallowed or chewed. When it is absorbed in your bloodstream, it is most effective. Aspirin is not a topical medication. Do not place the aspirin on your tooth or gums as it may aggravate the problem even more by burning the gum tissue.
If your gums are irritated, it is important to make an appointment with our friendly staff. We can help to assess your teeth and gums, as well as give you the right treatment to reduce your pain. Do not delay treatment for a toothache or irritated gums. Call our office today to make an appointment.