Salt Water as an Oral Rinse

18 Jun 2015

Salt Water as an Oral Rinse

Salt water rinses help people who have a sore throat, sores on the gums or who have had any kind of dental surgery, and is good for and adults alike. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks have been using this gentle healing aid for centuries for its anti-inflammatory benefits. The Chinese have been treating gum disease with salt water rinses since 2700 B.C.!

When you use salt water to rinse your mouth, you actually temporarily increase the pH balance in your mouth. This makes the environment alkaline, which makes it hard for bacteria to thrive. Bacteria do best in an acidic environment, and when you rinse with salt water the bacteria can’t breed as easily.

Salt actually promotes healing, easing swelling and pain and reduces inflammation, because it is an isotonic solution. This means it has the same salts and minerals as our bodies and in the same concentrations. So it doesn’t irritate the mucous membranes, unlike mouth wash you can buy over the counter. It can also loosen food deposits caught between the teeth. Gargling several times a day can reduce swelling in the throat, loosen mucus, and help flush irritants or bacteria away.

How to make a salt water rinse:

Add ½ -1 teaspoon of salt to dissolve in one cup of warm water. Some people need to start with a smaller amount of salt ratio to water at first, and increase it to a full teaspoon if you like. After dissolving the salt in water, take a sip, hold it in your mouth and then swish gently around the gums. Swish around your mouth for about 30 seconds and then spit. You can repeat as necessary.

Rinse your mouth every two to three hours after a surgery, then, taper off to three or four times a day. This will help you heal mouth sores and help your throat which might be healing from a cold, strep or tonsillitis. A salt water rinse has other benefits as well; it is cost effective and is environmentally friendly. It is convenient and can be made anytime, anywhere, even in emergency situations where you might not have toothpaste. For people with sensitive mouths, it can be used by those who can’t use alcohol mouth washes, etc.

Call Pelham Dental Group today if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health at 877-410-6945.

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