How to Make A Recipe for Salt Water Gargle for a Sore Tooth

A recipe for salt water gargle will help a sore tooth.
A recipe for salt water gargle will help a sore tooth. (Image:

If you have tooth pain, a recipe for salt water gargle may help your sore tooth. You may not think a salt water gargle could help, but you'd be surprised at the benefits this simple solution can give. Just think about how salt draws the water out of food like pickles. When your mouth is inflamed due to bacteria, salt draws the water out of the inflamed area and makes it difficult for the infection to survive in the dry environment. If tooth pain persists, you may need to go to the dentist. But for a garden variety sore tooth, try this recipe for salt water gargle.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pint water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • container with lid

To make the recipe for salt water gargle for sore teeth, first run the water in your tap. You want water that is warm, but not scalding hot. The water should be a gentle, warm temperature that your mouth can tolerate.

Using a liquid measure, pour 1 pint of the warm water into a container that has a lid.

Add the salt and baking soda to the water.

Place the lid on the container and secure it tightly. Shake the mixture vigorously until the salt and baking soda have dissolved.

Gently gargle with the salt water gargle and spit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Baking soda improves the irrigation qualities of this mixture. While you could purchase a sterile saline solution for irrigation, it would be more expensive. The sterile saline you can buy at the drug store will be a pricey contact lens solution. Why pay the markup for a contact solution when you can make your own home remedy that works just as well?
  • Make sure you gargle in moderation. Too much salt will throw off the balance of water in your mouth and harm the mucosa.
  • Be gentle when you swish the salt water gargle around in your mouth. If you gargle too vigorously, it could irritate any wounds.
  • If salt water gargle does not help your tooth pain, see a dentist.

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