HomeAnswersDentistrygingivitisI have minor gum disease. Is rinsing with saltwater enough, or should I use a mouthwash?

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Published At May 25, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 18, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have a minor gum disease for which the dentist recommended rinsing with saltwater in the evening after brushing. Is that right? Is it true that saltwater washes away the fluoride? Is it better to use a medicated mouthwash for one week during the day? Is brushing twice, flossing, using a tongue scraper, and xylitol mints enough to maintain oral hygiene? Can you suggest something else?

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Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your reports (attachments removed to protect the patients' identity) suggest that you have gum diseases and fluorosis. The findings are suggestive of generalized chronic gingivitis, dental caries, and the presence of plaque or calculus. Periodontal involvement might be suspected, so I recommend you visit a dentist and undergo a bleeding on probing test. I suggest you undergo scaling, maintain oral hygiene, and use a mouthwash for a week.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

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Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Orthodontist

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