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With a tooth infection how soon would your face swell if it was going to the only thing I can use is salt water rinse and peroxide Mouthwash ?

With a tooth infection how soon would your face swell if it was going to the only thing I can use is salt water rinse and peroxide Mouthwash ?

May not swell at all: Salt water rinses and peroxide will not treat your issue. You need to see a dentist who can treat the tooth in question and prescribe antibiotics. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will feel better. All the best... ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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What does a mixture of salt water rinse do for mouth, gums or tooth infection?

What does a mixture of salt water rinse do for mouth,  gums or tooth infection?

Salt water rinse: I advise my patients to use salt water after almost every procedure i do. There are prescription rinses like the one in the picture that do very well, but they stain your teeth and patients hate that. Warm salt water also does very well as long as u use it for one full minute sevral times a day make sure you see a dentist for a diagnosis first. ...Read more

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Hydrogen per oxide or salt water is better for mouth wash for tooth infection and cleaning after wisdom tooth removal?

Hydrogen per oxide or salt water is better for mouth wash for tooth infection and cleaning after wisdom tooth removal?

Salt water: ..but not too soon after the surgery so you don't dislodge the blood clot. Hydrogen peroxide is a potent oxidant and is primarily indicated for a condition called Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis or Trenchmouth. It needs to be diluted before oral use. Warm salt water OTOH, is benign and quite helpful in your situation. ...Read more

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How can salt water rinse make the hole where the tooth was pulled out feel so much better?

How can salt water rinse make the hole where the tooth was pulled out feel so much better?

Cleanses area: Salt water, especially when made with sea salt, has the power to gently cleanse the wound. It helps shrink tissues to aid in the healing process. Regular mouthwashes, even those without alcohol, are too harsh. Make a salt water rinse by adding 1/2 tsp. Of salt to a 4 oz. Glass of warm water. Swish gently. ...Read more

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What can I do for a tooth ache when i can't get to a dentist tonight ? Have already tried warm salt water rinse and anbesol

What can I do for a tooth ache when i can't get to a dentist tonight ? Have already tried warm salt water rinse and anbesol

Wrong Attempts: 1) get on an antibiotic like amoxicillin. 2) take 1-aspirin + 1-tylenol. 3) get to a dentist as soon as able. 4) your attempts do not work because they do not properly address the probable infection and associated pain. ...Read more

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How long do I wait to begin salt-water rinse after wisdom tooth removal?

24 hours: No rinsing is done for the first 24 hours after the extractions are completed. Then the day after extractions, start the warm salt water rinses. Put a teaspoon of salt in a juice glass of warm water. Swish for 1-2 minutes and then spit out gently. Do this 3-4 times a day for a few days. These rinses help to soothe the sore gums and promote their healing at the extraction sites. ...Read more

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Why is a salt water rinse necessary after tooth extraction?

Why is a salt water rinse necessary after tooth extraction?

Cleanliness: Its important to keep a surgical site clean to insure good healing. Its not a good idea to brush around a new surgical site because that may cause bleeding. Rinsing the site is a good way to clean it. Warm salt water works well, is soothing, and costs virtually nothing. ...Read more

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3 week old lower 2 wisdom teeth extract Impacted site bleed a little today when salt water rinse?Tooth next 2 extract site hurting when bite down 2day

3 week old lower 2 wisdom teeth extract Impacted site bleed a little today when salt water rinse?Tooth next 2 extract site hurting when bite down 2day

Wisdom Teeth: Needs sometime for the injury from the extraction to settle down and the surrounding teeth can settle a bit. Continue to rinse with salt water and don't bite down too hard ...Read more

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Should I do the salt water rinse after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Should I do the salt water rinse after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Absolutely!: No rinsing is done for the first 24 hours after the extractions are completed. Then the day after extractions, start the warm salt water rinses. Put a teaspoon of salt in a juice glass of warm water. Swish for 1-2 minutes and then spit out gently. Do this 3-4 times a day for a few days. These rinses help to soothe the sore gums and promote their healing at the extraction sites. ...Read more

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Dr. Lon Kessler
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