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Posted on 4/15/2019 by Dr. Elizabeth Vivona
|If you recently underwent a dental procedure, your mouth may be sore, and you will want to heal it as quickly as possible. One way to promote healing has been to use a salt water rinse.
Warm salt water rinses have been used for centuries to promote dental healing and to ensure that your mouth stays as clean as possible. Read more to find out how warm, salt water rinses do more to increase healing in your mouth.
The Use of Salt Water for Healing Your Mouth
Salt has been used for health care for centuries. Ancient Egyptians wrote about salt as a way to keep infection away. Salt has also been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory agent, which makes it perfect for use in your mouth after a dental procedure, if you have mouth sores, or if you have inflamed gums.
Salt is used to halt the growth of dental bacteria. Research has found that when you rinse your mouth with salt, it temporarily increases the pH in your mouth, which makes the environment more difficult for the bacteria that live in your mouth to survive. Bacteria prefer to live in a more acidic environment, which make it more difficult for bacteria which would be harmful to your mouth after surgery, to breed.
Many of us ask patients who have gum inflammation, canker sores, or have had a recent dental procedure, to rinse with salt water for 24 hours. If canker sores or gum inflammation persists, you may want to continue the rinse for a couple of days. If you have questions about salt water rinses, or you want to talk about problems with your oral health, why not give us a call? We would love to talk with you about your oral health and the effectiveness of rinses!
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