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What are the benefits of gargling with salt water?


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2009-08-08 07:29:26
2009-08-08 07:29:26

There is a natural tendency for a substance to move from a region of high concentration to a region of low concentration (see osmosis). This means that even water moves from its region of abundance to its region of shortage. Since salt water is more concentrated (less water) than the contents in your mouth (including any germs in there), when you gargle with it, it tends to draw water out of bacterial cells (which have more water in them). All cells are over 70% water and require water to function effectively and hence survive. If the salt water is concentrated enough, it will kill most germs in the mouth and some from the throat.


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Gargling salt water will not kill or get rid of an infection. It will reduce the symptoms and pain of the infection though and will most likely be recommended by your doctor.

Gargling with salt water can slow the spread of mouth infections.

One to two tea spoons of salt for one cup of water.

It depends on what you are gargling and the cause for the sore throat. Most sore throats are a result of bacterial or viral infection, and gargling frequently with a salt water solution can be very beneficial.

Don't bite or play with it. Try gargling with salt water to get rid of it.

Try gargling salt water or go to your doctor

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Yes it does, not sure how or why but it sure helped me.

Yes, gargling with warm salt water can help tender gums somewhat. However, if your gums are inflamed and swollen, there may be an underlying issue such as gum disease so it would be wise to consult your dentist.

Slippery Elm lozenges, also gargling with warm salt water.

A throat infection try gargling with salt water a few times

gargling warm salt water (this is what i learned from a friends garandmother)

I've heard of a little brandy to be able to sleeep. and gargling salt water.

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The purpose of gargling is to clear the throat. Most people gargle with salt water when they have a sore throat.

Try gargling hot water mixed with salt or cayenne pepper every hour . This helped me.

Salt water is great for cleansing sores in your mouth (gargling it at least). Can't see why that would be bad for cleansing your tongue piercing. (Just don't swallow! Ouch.)

Gargling with warm salt water and brushing your teeth with minty tooth paste.

The fact that salt works as an antiseptic makes it numb your throat. Gargling warm salt water has been a tried and trusted way for relieving a sore throat for many years now.

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Yes. It helps take down the swelling and can also help your throat feel better. You can also try swishing and gargling peroxide in your mouth. IT helps dull the pain.

Gargling salt water can get rid of the tonsil stone for a little bit in some cases but not forever. I dont like to gargle salt water because it really doesnt get rid of it quickly. Better ideas are to use a water pik (most ppl dont own them though) so some times (I know this sounds weird) I use a squirt bottle or a water gun and spray water in my throat at the stone. It really replaces the water pik and helps alot. It also is kind of fun. yes, weird situation, but it works perfectly.

Strepsils Most sore throats are a result of bacterial or viral infection, and gargling frequently with a salt water solution can be very beneficial.

Try gargling salt water, but make sure you tilt your head back and stick your tongue out so it gets down further.

Drink lots of liquids. If you can drink hot teas, then that is the best. Some people say gargling salt water helps. Also, some say gargling cayenne pepper helps. You can find OTC sore throat sprays that also help some.

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