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Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Why Aspirin Is So Dangerous if Placed on Your Gums

Posted on 7/25/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Why Aspirin Is So Dangerous if Placed on Your GumsThere is an old wives' tale that states the cure to a toothache is to place aspirin directly onto the affected tooth. Unfortunately, believing this can actually do more harm to your mouth.

Placing aspirin next to the tooth may leave you with a white chemical burn on the gums and cheek, and instead of simply dealing with a toothache, you'll also have a painful burn on the soft tissue. Fortunately, there are other more effective ways to deal with a toothache.

Why Aspirin Burns the Gums

You may not know this, but the full name of aspirin is actually acetylsalicylic acid. Pay close attention to that second word – acid. The acid in the aspirin tablet can quite literally cause blisters to soft tissues, and it is almost as powerful as the acid found in your stomach. So, placing aspirin next to a toothache will do nothing for your pain but can cause even more discomfort.

Aspirin May Help with a Toothache when Taken Appropriately

If you take aspirin correctly, you may experience relief for your toothache. This medicine works by blocking pain chemicals within the blood, allowing you to experience pain relief. However, aspirin can only work when it enters the blood stream, and these same benefits cannot be enjoyed by placing a tablet on a tooth.

Other Ways to Handle a Toothache

Beside pain relievers, there are other things that you can do to relieve toothache discomfort. Apply a cold pack to the painful side of your face, and rinse out your mouth with salt water. Peppermint tea bags also offer mild numbing properties that may ease your discomfort for a short period of time.

While you may be able to relieve symptoms of a toothache on your own, you still need to visit our office to determine the source of the problem. Call us today to set up your next appointment.

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