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.