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Using Headache Powder to Relieve a Toothache is a Dangerous Old Wives Tale

Posted on 10/20/2016 by Nic Grasvik
A woman in pain from a severe toothache.
Many people grew up with the idea of using headache powder on the gum area of a sore mouth. It is what our parents or our grandparents did to help keep the pain at bay.

However, as time has gone on, the danger associated with this practice has come to light.

If you have ever considered trying this, or have a family member that has done (or still does this), it is very important that you stop this from happening again.

Headache Powder Can Leave You with Serious Problems

As the old wives' tale goes, if you get a toothache or your gums start to bother you, you should take headache powder and rub it along the gums where the pain is. This is supposed to take away the pain much in the same way that it would relieve a headache.

The problem is, when you put it in your mouth, it can leave you with some incredibly serious chemical burns. You could wind up in the emergency room with a host of problems, from damaged gums to teeth that need to be pulled, to harm to your esophagus and down into your digestive system from ingesting the powder simply by swallowing.

This is one of those old wives' tales that should be avoided at all costs. It could do far more harm than good, and leave you in a much worse set of circumstances than you were in when you simply had a toothache. If you are dealing with a toothache, call your dentist.

It allows them to figure out what the problem is, and help you correct it to where your pain is alleviated properly. Don't take a toothache into your own hands. Contact our office for help today!


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Beaverton, OR 97005


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