How to Rinse With Salty Water After a Tooth Surgery

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How to Rinse With Salty Water After a Tooth Surgery
Salt water rinses help your stitches dissolve faster. (tooth extraction image by starush from

After a tooth surgery, you may be asked to rinse your mouth with salt water. Rinsing your mouth with salt water is typically done only after a surgery resulting in stitches. Rinsing your mouth with salt water helps your stitches dissolve more quickly. In addition to helping your stitches dissolve, salt water rinses also help keep food from getting stuck to your stitches. Salt water rinses are usually recommended to start the day of your surgery. Make sure you consult with your doctor to figure out when salt water rinsing should start and end.

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Things you need

  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Cup

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  1. 1

    Fill a cup with warm water.

  2. 2

    Measure out a teaspoon of salt.

  3. 3

    Mix salt into the warm water. Still until dissolved.

  4. 4

    Rinse your mouth using the salt water mix.

  5. 5

    Make sure to rinse with the salt water mix three times a day.

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