MadSci Network: Anatomy

Re: How does salt effect human teeth?

Date: Wed May 12 12:45:08 2004
Posted By: Shoaib Khan, Doctor, Dentistry & materials, Fatima Jinnah Dental Hospital
Area of science: Anatomy
ID: 1082321148.An

Hi Amanda,

Salt has an antiseptic effect, and that's the basic thing, but of course that 
effect is not on teeth, but on the oral cavity. Because of this, warm 
saline rinses are prescribed to patients after extractions.

Sodium chloride does not have any particular effect on teeth, but a very 
high concentration may cause a little attrition (wear) when accompanied by strong 

thank you

Dr. Shoaib

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