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Can a salt water rinse heal a tooth infection?

I am a 32 year old male. I want to know if a salt water rinse can heal a tooth infection?

5 Answers

It can help with healing
If it’s truly an infection in your tooth, a saltwater rents won’t do anything at all because it can’t get to the infection. Even antibiotics won’t cure it - you either need to have the infection treated by a dentist or, unfortunately, have the tooth removed, which then creates other problems.
Salt water rinses cannot heal a tooth but can help promote healing after an extraction.
Probably not. If you think that you have a dental infection, seek the care of a dentist as soon as possible. You MAY get lucky and it will go away on its own, but chances are much greater that things will go in the other direction and become much worse as a result of delaying the appropriate care.
No. You need to see your dentist to determine the cause of the infection. Antibiotics may be needed as well. Salt water used correctly can relieve some inflammation, but not an infection. Usually, a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is the correct amount of salt.