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A 55-year-old male asked:

Warm salt water mouth wash. why/when it is normally used/benefits in dental hygiene. cons and pros please.

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Normal saline: It's like bathing in tissue fluid. Use to promote healing of irritated tissues. Not an oral hygiene adjunct (brushing/flossing best for hygiene). Ask your dentist if your situation would benefit from salt water rinse...Everyon's different.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
At homee remedy: Warm salt water is typically used as a inexpensive, at-home remedy for sore/irritated gums from trauma or recent oral surgery. Not too beneficial for routine oral-hygiene care.

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Last updated May 9, 2014

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