Why should you rinse your mouth with a warm salt water rinse? There are many benefits to the method. The inherent preserving and antibacterial properties in salt when applied to foods is well known, but it has tremendous effects on microbes, too, when diluted and dissolved in water. The reason why salt water is effective as a mouth rinse is because it is more than just a disinfectant; it also helps in removing swelling of oral tissues. Therefore, using salt water for weeks, post tooth extraction, or in case of mouth ulcer or infection, works very well as a treatment, for short-term.
So, how does a salt water mouth rinse work to reduce dental bacteria? It temporarily increases the pH balance of your mouth, creating an alkaline environment in which bacteria struggle to survive. Because they – along with most other natural species – generally prefer an acidic environment, using the rinse often enough can make it difficult for bacteria to breed.
Conditions That Benefit From Salt Water Mouth Rinse:
- Halitosis: Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. It is an uncomfortable condition that happens to people for some underlying reasons. While poor oral hygiene is a cause, despite washing your mouth for several times you may still fail to beat halitosis. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can prevent bacterial growth and infection, which often causes halitosis.
- Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a typical condition characterized by swelling, inflammation and bleeding gums caused due to growth of bacteria that coats teeth naturally. Bacteria proliferation forms a sticky and whitish film, called plaque. Rinsing the mouth with salt water solution daily can help in soothing inflamed gums and wipes out bacteria.
- Toothache: Toothache can happen to anyone; it is a common complication caused by several reasons. While bacteria is one of the main cause, sometimes, weak roots or open nerve endings can also lead to sensitivity and throbbing in teeth. Gargling regularly with salt water can offer some relief.
- Sore Throat: Sore throat causing cough and pain is common and a seasonal condition. Salt water gargle can help in relieving soreness.
Salt water has been used by multiple cultures over countless generations to clean wounds and rinse out mouths. Salt has antibacterial and preserving properties when applied in abundance to foods, but its affect on microbes when dissolved and diluted in water is less clear. At the very least, salt water is soothing to the mucous membranes of your mouth, but it should not be swallowed in quantity. Talk to your dentist about the benefits of washing your mouth with salt water.
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