Can a Toothache be Cured by Putting an Aspirin On It? Tooth Truth or Mouth Myth?

Post Published on: August 25, 2011 | By Dakota Dental

tooth acheTo get you up to speed in case you’re new to our Dakota Dental Apple Valley Dentistry myth bustin’ blog series …

Our myth-bustin’ Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley and Dr. Bennett, are responding to old wives’ tales, sayings or commonly held beliefs about teeth and oral health and letting you know which are “Tooth Truths” and which are “Mouth Myths.”  You can submit your myth bustin’ question to the Dakota Dental Apple Valley Dental Clinic at: and then keep an eye on this blog where it’ll be busted.

(Oh, and there’s an added bonus – everyone who submits a myth or question for Dakota Dental Apple Valley dentistry to bust will be entered into a drawing to win a prize!)

Okay, now to get down to myth bustin’ business …

“Can you cure a toothache by putting an aspirin on it or is this just a “mouth myth?”

Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley and Dr. Bennett say …
This is definitely a mouth myth and is actually a harmful practice!

Here’s the scoop …

A toothache will not be cured by putting an aspirin on it and additionally, holding an aspirin against a tooth long enough can damage your gums and other soft tissues inside your mouth.

Aspirin is an acid (acetylsalicylic acid to be exact) and like most acids, it will damage your bodily tissues if you maintain contact with it. Think of soaking your unprotected hands in any kind of acidic compound – it will cause an irritation or even a severe burn. An aspirin held inside of your mouth can burn your gums and cheek tissue and can end up being quite painful.

It’s possible that this old wives’ tale originated just simple because aspirin is a painkiller – so consuming an aspirin of course will “temporarily” relieve a toothache. But the relief is temporary and will not cure a toothache.

What should you do if you’re experiencing a toothache?

Call Dakota Dental Apple Valley Dentistry right away for an appointment or for our dental emergency services. The only “cure” for a toothache is to treat the cause. Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley and Dr. Bennett will professionally and gently perform the dental services needed to completely relieve your toothache pain.

For immediate and temporary relief of a toothache, you can floss and rinse with warm water to remove any food particles that may be further irritating the tooth and take an over the counter pain reliever.

While preventative dental care from your Dakota Dental Clinic is always the best choice to avoid the pain of a toothache in the first place, Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley and Dr. Bennett are very supportive, sensitive and caring to patients who struggle with:

- Fear of going to the dentist

- Fear of needles and shots

- Concern that it’s been too long since they’ve been seen by a dentist

- A sensitive gag reflex

- Self consciousness about the condition of their teeth and feel that it’s too late for dental services

The caring folks at Dakota Dental Apple Valley Dentistry assure you that you can receive the dental procedures needed with extremely comfortable low anxiety dentistry – and that’s definitely a “Tooth Truth!”