This viewpoint letter to the ADA News compares topical aspirin use to its primary subject, “acid candy” -- candy that uses large amounts of acids such as citric and ascorbic that became popular in the 1990s and 2000s.

From the article: “Dentistry has known for a long time that aspirin-gum and chewable vitamin C (ascorbic acid) used regularly will erode teeth.”

This statement stands in direct contrast to a passage from a 2006 ADA News article, "Chew on this: Love it or hate it, gum is here to stay" that states “Chewing gum boasts myriad potential medical benefits. It can conveniently deliver aspirin to headache sufferers ...“

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