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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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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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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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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist/oral surgeon for evaluation
Once
Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain or impacted
Once
Take NSAIDs if dealing with pain/swelling from wisdom teeth
Daily
Rinse with warm salty water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth
Daily
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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

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. ...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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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If they're malpositioned or impacted discuss removal with your dentist
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Make sure you take care of them like any other tooth in the mouth
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If removal becomes necessary, see an oral surgeon for consultation
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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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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If partially erupted, keep them clean to prevent a local infection
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If erupted but endangering other teeth, have them removed
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If impacted, have them checked yearly for cysts & if found remove
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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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Periodontitis (Definition)

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Salt Water Rinse (Definition)

Rinsing salt water could provide gentle pain relief and perhaps gentle anti-viral activity. ...Read more

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