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Can a saltwater rinse help a toothache?

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If you have a toothache, until you can get to the dentist, one of the best things you can do is swish warm, salty water around in your mouth. A good mix is 1/2 teaspoon table salt to 8 ounces of water. Spit it out, don’t swallow it.

From: Home Remedies for Toothache WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: “Dental Emergency.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Handling Dental Emergencies.”

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Academy of General Dentistry: “What Causes Toothache?”

American Dental Association: “Abscess.”

Singh, A. , April-June 2011. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine

Mohammad, S. , November-December 2014. Journal of International Oral Health

Bayan, L. , January-February 2014. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine

Walsh, L. , 2000. Australian Dental Journal

Paulraj, J. , published online Dec. 26, 2013. Advances in Pharmacological Sciences

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: “Dental Emergency.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Handling Dental Emergencies.”

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Academy of General Dentistry: “What Causes Toothache?”

American Dental Association: “Abscess.”

Singh, A. , April-June 2011. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine

Mohammad, S. , November-December 2014. Journal of International Oral Health

Bayan, L. , January-February 2014. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine

Walsh, L. , 2000. Australian Dental Journal

Paulraj, J. , published online Dec. 26, 2013. Advances in Pharmacological Sciences

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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