You may have heard of a saltwater mouth rinse as a home remedy for treating a number of ailments. Does salt really have healing properties? Do I really need to rinse my mouth with salt if I already use a normal mouthwash? Find out what our family dentists have to say about this.
Why Is a Saltwater Mouth Rinse Beneficial?
Salt doesn’t kill bacteria directly. Instead, it increases the pH balance inside your mouth. This results in a more alkaline environment, making it harder for bacteria to survive. Germs tend to thrive in an acidic environment.
Uses for Saltwater Mouth Rinse
Swishing saltwater in your mouth alleviates a number of ailments. It’s good for:
- Reducing sore throat
- Reducing soreness or infection after oral surgery
- Removing food particles lodged in your teeth
- Freshening your breath. This is a good alternative if you’re sensitive to alcohol-based mouthwash
- Temporarily relieving canker sore pain. Mix the salt and water with baking soda to form a paste to specifically target the region.
- Relieving soreness associated with braces. Our endodontists usually recommend this to patients after installing traditional metal-wire braces.
How to Use Saltwater Mouth Rinse
Making a saltwater solution for rinsing is easy. Just add half a teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water. Swish the contents in your mouth for 10 to 15 seconds and spit out. Unless specified by your dentist, we do not recommend rinsing with saltwater more than four times a week. Too much sodium exposure can be detrimental to teeth enamel.
Promote a Bacteria-Free Mouth
Stop by Mukilteo Dental Arts to schedule an appointment. The accumulation of bad bacteria in your mouth can cause serious harm to your teeth and gums. While we recommend a saltwater mouth rinse as a natural remedy, it’s not a cure-all solution by any means.
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