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Re: Is salt effective for tooth brushing?

Date: Sun Feb 13 15:14:25 2005
Posted By: Shoaib Khan, Doctor, Dentistry & materials, Fatima Jinnah Dental Hospital
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 1108144753.Gb

Hay George,
salt is effective for brushing, as it has antiseptic effect it helps in 
repairing wounds and gigival (gum) recession. but it doesn't help the tooth itself.
using salt with warm water as a mouthwash is helpful. can't compare it 
with alcohol mouthwashes, cause in my country manufacturers don't use 
alcohol (moderator's note: alcohol is also an antiseptic, kills bacteria). but i
guess mode of action is pretty much same ... as warm water 
gives the soothing effect with salt providing the antiseptic effect.

Thanking you
Dr. Shoaib

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