A member asked:

My front tooth abscess just drained.is biotene wash ok to use or anything else?waiting to go to the dentist.

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Better choices: An antibacterial rinse such as listerine or crest prohealth would be better. You can also alternate with warm salt water rinses (1\2 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water). Call your dentist and see if he\she can prescribe an antibiotic for you, even before your appointment.

Answered 11/27/2017

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Dr. Joel Doyon answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

No: Biotene is usually used for dry mouth, so i wouldn't use it for this. Just a simple warm salt water rinse would suffice to refresh your mouth.

Answered 8/24/2013

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Dr. Kayvon Javid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

See your dentist: The infection is deep within and rinses would not help. You need to see your dentist asap to treat the source of infection.

Answered 3/22/2015

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Dr. Dennis Cufone answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Rinse: Warm salt water rinses will do a better job than the biotene for your abcess. Use 2 tablespoons of salt in 1 glass of water. Swish around and spit. You can do this 4-6x day until you can get in with your dentist.

Answered 6/8/2015

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Dr. James Anderson answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes: You shouldn't have any issues with biotene wash--but if the area gets irritated, then discontinue use.

Answered 9/11/2013

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Dr. Joseph Capista answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Use salt water: It is best to use warm salt water when you have a dental infection and avoid store products.

Answered 7/5/2014

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Dr. Maryam Chiani answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Biotene: Biotin is not harmful but Is usually recommended for dry mouth. You can try a mild salt/water rinse until you see the dentist

Answered 12/26/2014

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

It is ok: Best to use very warm salt water soaks/rinses with a "milking" of the area to keep the drainage going. The Dentist can help -- get there ASAP. Good Luck.

Answered 1/27/2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

See a dentist ASAP: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP.

Answered 5/11/2016

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Dr. Nilesh Dalal answered

Specializes in Periodontics

See a dentist ASAP: Biotene is not ideal but the cause of the abscess has to be determined before you do any self help remedies. It could be a gum abscess or from a rotted tooth. But abscess means an infection which has to be treated ASAP to prevent further possible complications

Answered 2/26/2015

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Move up appointment: I would call the dentist and move up the appointment. Perhaps, if you are a patient of record, appropriate antibiotics will be prescribed. I do not feel that a rinse would be effective for an abscess.

Answered 7/25/2016

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