salt water rinse for tooth infection

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

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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.
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Why is a salt water rinse necessary after tooth extraction?

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

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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.
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Wisdom Teeth

Do's And Don'ts

If erupted and not interfering with your bite and no cavities or periodontitis maybe no treatment.

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

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

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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.
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Gum Disease

Interesting Fact

Gingivitis is reversible. So act before it gets to Periodontitis which is irreversible.

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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

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Control infection


Nothing is going to fix this until you see dentist to control the infection. Until then try Advil, but get to your dentist ASAP. Pain is signal that there's something drastically wrong.
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After wisdom teeth removed is salt water rinse helpful?

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Yes


You should start rinsing with warm salt water 24 hours after the surgery and continue until you see your oral surgeon for follow up.
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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.
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Does a Salt water rinse really help postop wisdom teeth?

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

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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

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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.
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