Dental Health and Aspirin

As a precautionary measure about 81 mg of baby aspirin or 325 mg of regular strength aspirin per day have been recommended by physicians to thin the blood for those patients who may have had a heart attack, stroke, be diabetic and over the age of 50, or even possibly for some other chronic disease. However, when it comes to dental health and those taking an aspirin on a daily basis it tends to make ones gums bleed more so when they have their routine dental cleanings. More bleeding is produced when one has a tooth extraction or any type of oral surgery. Ask your physician if its a good idea to stop taking aspirin a day or two before these types of procedures to help in the prevention of excessive bleeding.

Those people who chew their aspirin over a long period of time can damage their teeth according to the American Dental Association. Back in 2004, observations were conducted on people who chewed four to eight aspirin per day, had erosion of the enamel, causing tooth decay. Severe decay can lead to tooth loss. People were also more prone to temporomandibular joint dysfunction as well as tooth sensitivity. We recommend that you do not chew your aspirin or let the aspirin dissolve on your gums or cheeks because aspirin is acidic and can cause sores in the mouth. Swallow the pill or dissolve it in water.

Before you stop taking aspirin prior to dental work please ask your physician. Every medical case is different and it is not recommended for everyone.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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