The medications that you take can have a major effect on your oral health. For example, certain medications can lead to dry mouth, which can eventually cause decay and gum disease. If you take aspirin, you may wonder if the medication might harm your teeth. To answer that, you need to explain how you'll be taking the medication.
Aspirin on a Toothache
There is an old wives' tale regarding the use of aspirin when it comes to relieving toothache pain. The story goes that you should place aspirin directly onto the affected tooth for quick relief. However, you should never engage in this practice, as you could burn the sensitive gum tissues. Instead, take aspirin as directed, and talk to us about what might be causing your toothache.
Aspirin and Tooth Erosion
Other studies have found that when chewed, aspirin can lead to tooth erosion. Studies included laboratory studies and clinical cases involving people who took several doses of powered aspirin each day. Participants in the clinical cases exhibited severe erosion of the lower premolars and molars, and researchers were able to conclude that the aspirin powder was the cause of the erosion.
Promise for Aspirin When Swallowed
Promising new research has actually found some oral health benefits to aspirin despite these other concerns. Specifically, swallowing low-dose aspirin may be helpful in repairing teeth that have been damaged from cavities. A British research team found that aspirin can enhance the function of stem cells located in the teeth. The aspirin increases the expression of genes which work to form dentin, the primary structure of the teeth damaged by decay.
Whether you take aspirin or another medication regularly, it is important that we inspect your teeth every six months to ensure they are healthy. Contact us today to set up your next cleaning and evaluation.