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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

Dr. James Krick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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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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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How long do I wait to begin salt-water rinse after wisdom tooth removal?

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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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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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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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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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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Does a salt water rinse really help postop wisdom teeth?

Does a salt water rinse really help postop wisdom teeth?

Yes.: Salt water rinses help because they reduce the number of live bacteria in the mouth and it also draws out excess tissue fluid from the gum thus reducing swelling. You must be careful not to use too much salt- 1/2 teaspoon in 8 ounces of warm (not hot) water is the right concentration. ...Read more

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How can you do the salt water rinse after wisdom teeth are cut out?

How can you do the salt water rinse after wisdom teeth are cut out?

Gentle rinsing: Put 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. Glass of warm water and gently rinse and spit. This should not be done on the day of surgery. Wait until the following day and do it 3-4 times per day especially after meals. ...Read more

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After wisdom teeth removed is salt water rinse helpful?

After wisdom teeth removed is salt water rinse helpful?

Maybe:: If your blood pressure is not under control, or if the bleeding has not completely stopped it may not be a good idea to rinse with salt water. Discuss this with you surgeon first. The warm salt water rinse will speed up healing and is typically safe to use after 24 hours in most other cases. ...Read more

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How do you do a salt water rinse after wisdom teeth removed?

How do you do a salt water rinse after wisdom teeth removed?

Swish and spit: Mix 1/2 tsp of salt in an 8 oz glass of warm water. Then swish it around in your mouth and then spit it out. This should not be done until the day following surgery. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to do a salt water rinse after wisdom teeth removal?

Is it necessary to do a salt water rinse after wisdom teeth removal?

No: Rinsing with salt water is not an absolute requirement, but is recommended as a physiologic rinse to help with the postoperative healing. ...Read more

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Can I develope a dry socket after 7 days? Lower wisdom teeth removed. After salt water rinse I noticed a tiny bit of blood clot fall out. What now?

Can I develope a dry socket after 7 days? Lower wisdom teeth removed. After salt water rinse I noticed a tiny bit of blood clot fall out. What now?

Yes: Dry socket may last up to several weeks, although treatment can markedly reduce the pain symptoms. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have a small wisdom tooth infection. Doctor have amoxicillin, any way to prevent cdiff while taking it? Or is hydorgen peroxide and water better?

I have a small wisdom tooth infection. Doctor have amoxicillin, any way to prevent cdiff while taking it? Or is hydorgen peroxide and water better?

See a dentist: When wisdom teeth cause problems, they need to come out. If you are experiencing pain, swollen gums, lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. ...Read more

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Will fake salt work fine for a salt water rinse?

Fake?: If you are referring to Potassium Chloride instead of sodium chloride then yes it will work. ...Read more

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How much salt should I use to make a salt water rinse?

How much salt should I use to make a salt water rinse?

Recipe: Rather than repeat it, I will refer you to this link: http://www. Aaaai. Org/conditions-and-treatments/treatments/saline-sinus-rinse-recipe. Aspx ...Read more

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What does the salt water rinse mix for nose do?

What does the salt water rinse mix for nose do?

Salt water rinses: Salt water nasal rinses help to thin mucus that can contribute to nasal stuffiness and post nasal drip. Rinses also remove the debris (dust and other allergens) that sticks to the nasal lining and cause the lining to swell, become inflamed, and increase nasal mucus. ...Read more

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Does a a salt water rinse contribute anything of value after dental work?

Does a a salt water rinse contribute anything of value after dental work?

Salt water: Usually you do not need to use salt water after every dental procedure. A salt water rinse is useful after an extraction. ...Read more

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Can I rinse my mouth with mouthwash after I do the salt water rinse for a tongue piercing?

Can I rinse my mouth with mouthwash after I do the salt water rinse for a tongue piercing?

You could, but: I would stay away from all alcohol containing mouthwashes until it is healed. For now you could just use the saltwater. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put aspirin directly on canker sore in throat (carefully using Qtip)? Salt water rinse not helping. Doctor confirmed canker sore.

Is it ok to put aspirin directly on canker sore in throat (carefully using Qtip)? Salt water rinse not helping. Doctor confirmed canker sore.

NO!: Aspirin made to be taken orally with copious water, not applied topically. Put directly on tissue will actually burn the area, retard healing, cause sloughing, and may leave a scar. ASPIRIN IS NOT TO BE USED TOPICALLY. Canker sore will heal on its own in 7-10 days. You can dab on, w Q-tip, Orabase-B (an OTC). Or you can block pain transmission by taking Aspirin or Advil (ibuprofen) as per pkg directions. ...Read more

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Xray showed one of my teeth has infection. Might rinsing with salt water solution draw out this infection?

Xray showed one of my teeth has infection. Might rinsing with salt water solution draw out this infection?

Dental Infections: Dental infections require specific treatment by a qualified dentist. The cause of the infection needs to be determined and the proper treatment rendered. Antibiotics are also required to prevent spread of infection. Unfortunately nothing you do yourself at home will have any significant effect or reducing or eliminating the infection. Left untreated these infections get worse. See a dentist now. ...Read more

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Home remedies that can help tooth infection along with antibiotics other than salt water thing? In terms of food..... thanks

Home remedies that can help tooth infection along with antibiotics other than salt water thing? In terms of food..... thanks

Infection: I hope you are being treated by a dentist. Antibiotics alone will not fix an abscesses tooth. A healthy diet will help your body fight the infection. The good news is that the antibiotics will take effect in about a day so you will start to feel better soon. Follow the treatment recommendations of your dentist. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more


Dr. Lon Kessler
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Salt Water Rinse (Definition)

Rinsing salt water could provide gentle pain relief and ...Read more