Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater has numerous healing benefits as it is an isotonic solution, which means it contains salts and minerals in the same concentration as is seen in the human body. Hence, it will not irritate mucous membranes of the oral cavity, unlike over-the-counter Mouthwashes.
Many dentists recommend Saltwater Mouth Rinse as a soothing agent, as salt promotes healing; reduces inflammation by killing bacteria and sending more white blood cells to the infected area.
It is an ideal choice for anyone suffering from oral infections, mouth ulcers, sore throat, a cold or tonsillitis. The Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Chinese have been using saltwater to treat Gum disease since time immemorial.
The process of preparing saltwater mouth rinse is very simple, just add a half teaspoon of salt in warm water. You can increase the amount up to a teaspoon, once you get used to it. Once the salt dissolves in warm water, you can take a sip, hold it in your mouth and then swish gently around the gums. After about 30 seconds you can spit it out and repeat it once or twice.
A saltwater mouth rinse can be used after minor oral surgery to help heal the wound more quickly. You can use the rinse, 24 hours after surgery, 3 or 4 times a day, especially after eating.
Use of saltwater mouth rinse can temporarily increase the level of pH in your mouth, making the environment more alkaline. Saltwater helps reduce the breeding of bacteria in the oral cavity since they can thrive only in an acidic environment.
ADVANTAGES OF USING SALT WATER RINSES:
* Cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
* Convenient to make and use.
* Can be made any time or any where, including in emergency situations where you might not have access to oral hygiene aids.
* People with sensitive teeth can often tolerate salt water Rinses when they cannot use Alcohol- containing Mouthwashes because of Sensitivity or Allergic Reactions.
Despite the great benefits of salt water mouth rinse, it cannot be used as an alternative to modern oral care adjunct to them, for both adults and children.