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Using Aspirin on Mouth Sores Can Be Dangerous


Posted on 10/15/2017 by Dr. Pickens
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If you have a sore in your mouth you are likely looking for any way to find relief that you can. One such venue that many people have tried is to place an aspirin on the gum tissue up against the sore.

They believe that doing this is an easy way to relieve the mouth pain they are experiencing. However, not only is this ineffective, it can actually be dangerous, too.

Why Placing an Aspirin on the Gum Tissue is a Bad Idea

Here is the thing that most people simply do not realize: aspirin contains acid. In fact, the primary ingredient in aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid. This acid is nearly as powerful as stomach acid, and improper use can easily lead to severe burns.

Compounding the problem even further is the fact that your gum tissue is much more delicate than other tissues such as skin. Thus, the acid in the aspirin can do more damage in your mouth than it would elsewhere. It is not uncommon for us to see a patient come in with splotchy white chemical burns on their gum and cheek tissue.

When this happens, we already know the source: placing aspirin directly on the gum or cheek tissue in hopes that doing so will relieve the pain from a mouth sore.

Sadly, such patients discover an unfortunate truth: not only is the mouth sore unchanged, but now they will have to suffer with a painful chemical burn as well.

What to Do if You Have a Mouth Sore

Instead of putting aspirin directly on the sore, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water rinse. This will help disinfect the sore, and will promote rapid healing. You may also wish to use a cold compress to reduce inflammation. Whatever you do, though, do not put an aspirin on the sore.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (360) 254-6411 today.


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