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How can warm salt water heal gums?

Crenation: Crenation causes bacterial cells to contract after exposure to a hypertonic solution, due to the loss of water through osmosis. This causes the bacterial cells to die, thereby decreasing bacterial counts and the toxins they release. The warm water also stimulates blood flow and cleanses the tissues. ...Read more

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Will warm salt water help gum swelling if infection n peroxide rinse having anxiety over this to where my throat feels tight?

Will warm salt water help gum swelling if infection n peroxide rinse having anxiety over this to where my throat feels tight?

See a dentist ASAP: Gum swelling is as big a risk to a person's oral health as tooth decay, and problems with the gums can lead to an infection and a loss of teeth. ...Read more

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Is it good cure salt with warm water for gum bleeding?

Is it good cure salt with warm water for gum bleeding?

Warm salt water: Is not likely to help much or at all. Chronic gum bleeding is often related to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Please seek an exam from your dentist or a periodontal specialist for this bleeding for a proper diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've a gum inflammation. When you are doing warm salt water rinses how much salt and water do you use?

I've a gum inflammation. When you are doing warm salt water rinses how much salt and water do you use?

1 tablespoon in 8 oz: Gum inflammation can be the culprit of many other diseases. While warm salt water is one way to decrease gum inflammation, it's important to see your dentist to make sure there are no other treatment to do. Brushing with baking soda and peroxide can also improve the health of gums as well as daily flossing. ...Read more

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Red line on bottom on gum where the jawbone sticks out. My dentist said I always had it gave me a special rinse and do the salt water- but its worse?

Red line on bottom on gum where the jawbone sticks out. My dentist said I always had it gave me a special rinse and do the salt water- but its worse?

Go Back Again: If your symptoms are not improving, you definitely need to go back to your dentist. If he/she can't figure it out, you might have to see a specialist: oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, etc. You absolutely must find out what's going on, as there are some oral conditions which can be quite serious. Might even need a biopsy to be sure. In any case, go back to your dentist right away. ...Read more

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Big lump on gum can't get swelling down tried salt water clove and other stuff please help very painful?

Big lump on gum can't get swelling down tried salt water clove and other stuff please help very painful?

Infection: You probably have an infection. It will not go away until you either have the infection drained or go on antibiotics or both. If it is a tooth infection it will need either a root canal or extraction. ...Read more

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What to do if I have gum disease (puffy and red gums), can rinsing with salt water helps my puffy and red gums, can it also make the gums hard/tighten?

What to do if I have gum disease (puffy and red gums), can rinsing with salt water helps my puffy and red gums, can it also make the gums hard/tighten?

Puffy gums: Sign that gums are infected. Salt water will not cure an infection. Please see a dentist now, before the problem worsens. Puffy gums are often seen hand-in-hand with bone loss. If treated early enough inflammation can be reversed. If treatment delayed, the result will be permanent damage. The services of a gum specialist, a periodontist, may be in order. ...Read more

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I have a broken tooth and hurts very bad. Then a big lump appeared on my gums I gargled salt water now gone but tooth still hurts and face swells bad?

I have a broken tooth and hurts very bad. Then a big lump appeared on my gums I gargled salt water now gone but tooth still hurts and face swells bad?

Call a dentist today: The only true way to fix a broken tooth is to call a dentist. A dentist will most likely suggest several immediate steps that can be done to prevent further harm to the broken tooth and other future complications. ...Read more

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Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

No: Most gum infections are sub-gingival (underneath the gums) and salt water/peridex cannot reach the bugs sub-gingivally. ...Read more

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Is there a OTC or holistic approach to helping ease the annoyance of itchy gums under an abscessed tooth? (besides salt water or listerine)

Is there a OTC or holistic approach to helping ease the annoyance of itchy gums under an abscessed tooth? (besides salt water or listerine)

Need a dentist: Holistic medicine is a wonderful approach for many health problems, but sometimes you need to turn to traditional medicine for treatment. Abcessed teeth are one of those conditions that need conventional treatment. See a dentist and get this infection treated. Otc will not heal this. ...Read more

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Hi I have bad pain below my bottom teeth in the gum at the root of the teeth, I have taken paracetamol & rinsed with salt water but still painfull?

Hi I have bad pain below my bottom teeth in the gum at the root of the teeth, I have taken paracetamol & rinsed with salt water but still painfull?

Infection: Probably an abscess, an infection, but there are other possible reasons. Pills will not cure an infected tooth. You actually need hands-on dental care. Please don't delay. See a Dentist quickly, before the spreading infection damages other organ systems. ...Read more

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White bump appear on my gum near my fang tooth. No cavity. When I rinsed with salt water the white bump wen away and it's just a red bump. Cankersore?

White bump appear on my gum near my fang tooth. No cavity. When I rinsed with salt water the white bump wen away and it's just a red bump. Cankersore?

likely :canker sore: If you also feel some pain and discomfort in the lesion/pimple like area, and it stays less than, or around 14 days, then most likely it. Is canker sore, or aphtus, there are simple ways to remedy that. ...Read more

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What is best cleaning practice for 1.5 yrs old. Is using salt water with soft brush recommended? My daughter has sore gums due to earlier infection.

What is best cleaning practice for 1.5 yrs old. Is using salt water with soft brush recommended? My daughter has sore gums due to earlier infection.

Needs expert: Your child is six months overdue for 1st dental appointment. Suggest seeing a Pediatric Dental Specialist (Pedodontist) for examination, evaluation, and specific oral hygiene instructions tailored to your child's needs. Concerned about history of "previous infection." See a specialist ASAP. ...Read more

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I have swollen gums from wisdom teeth. How can I get the swelling down besides salt water?

I have swollen gums from wisdom teeth. How can I get the swelling down besides salt water?

Extraction: Pericoronitis is a condition when gum surrounding the tooth is inflamed. It occurs frequently in the area of wisdom teeth, when a partial erupting posiiton causing inflammation and trauma to the gingiva (due to plaque collected, poor oral hygiene, and traumatic occlusion in the area). Extraction would be a definitive treatment. Good brushing and antibiotic is only for temporary relief. ...Read more

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Have a canker sore bottom left gum for a few days I just recently started doing the salt water thing right now my left jaw/under/neck is sore scared!!

Have a canker sore bottom left gum for a few days I just recently started doing the salt water thing right now my left jaw/under/neck is sore scared!!

Canker sores: Are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks only. They can be painful and can make eating and talking very difficult, can make your jaw under neck sore and are the most common oral lesions. It is always a good idea to visit your dentist to support the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Stinging pain in jaw/gum area where lower left wisdm tooth extracted aftr rinsing with warm salt water on Day 6 post-op. Can it be dry socket?

Stinging pain in jaw/gum area where lower left wisdm tooth extracted aftr rinsing with warm salt water on Day 6 post-op. Can it be dry socket?

Possibly: Dry sockets involve the presence of some pathogen in either the bone or soft tissue after an extraction. Not normal for stinging pain in ext. Site. Check back with oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Part of gum on upper left side of mouth feels warm and more moist, more than my other gums. When I eat/warm salt water/ brush teeth the feeling goes.

Part of gum on upper left side of mouth feels warm and more moist, more than my other gums. When I eat/warm salt water/ brush teeth the feeling goes.

More info needed: A visualization of that area, along with proper radiographs can let your local dentist diagnose you properly. Give your dentist a call for an appointment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing mild toothache due to early stage gum disease. I have received deep cleaning. How often can I rinse with warm water and salt?

Salt water: As often as needed, but generally 4x/day. Toothache may be related to your deep cleaning, or may be coincidental. Please report your discomfort to your treating Dentist. ...Read more

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If I put water and salt in a cup and put it in my mouth will that help my swollen gum?

Won't hurt: But probably won't help much. You need do see a Dentist, or preferably a gum/bone specialist to diagnose the cause of the swelling (most likely, but not only cause, is infection). Once cause has been diagnosed the correct treatment can be applied. You need help. See a professional. ...Read more

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Will the swollen skin tag like gum above AND next to my erupting wisdom tooth go down? No pain, just swelling. Warm water&salt would help swelling?

Will the swollen skin tag like gum above AND next to my erupting wisdom tooth go down? No pain, just swelling. Warm water&salt would help swelling?

Operculum: If the tag of tissue is covering the posterior part of your wisdom tooth, it is probably inflamed due to food/bacterial impaction or trauma from the maxillary tooth hitting it as you bite down. It may shrink away on its own, but in many cases a small excision does the trick. Try to clean it well and see your dentist if the problem continues. Wisdom teeth are often removed due to lack of space. ...Read more

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What happens if I drink salt water everyday?

What happens if I drink salt water everyday?

Dehydration: From diarrhea. High sodium, calcium, magnesium levels in the blood. The entitity is called dead sea water poisoning. Drinking salt water (like sea water) exclusively will kill most people. ...Read more

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Can I use salt water as mouthwash?

Can I use salt water as mouthwash?

Short term: Salt water mouthwash rinses are an excellent short term treatment when you have wounds in the mouth, for instance, when you’ve had teeth removed. Longer term, the salt water is acidic, so there would be a problem if you were to use it every day, it could erode the teeth, but is not necessarily abrasive to the teeth. It is the acidity of the salt water that could eat away and soften the enamel ...Read more

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How do I cure cold sores? Salt water?

How do I cure cold sores? Salt water?

Lysine: Lysine is an Amino Acid and harmless. You can probably get it at a health food store. Take one tablet or capsule a day until it clears. ...Read more

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Can you soak a wound in epsom salt water?

Can you soak a wound in epsom salt water?

Simple Care: The real question-what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, epsom salts, bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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