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Salt Rinse for Dental Benefits

Salt Rinse for Dental Benefits

Dental Bites: Salt Rinse for Dental Benefits

A salt water mouth rinse is an easy and affordable home remedy used to ease oral discomfort, but what are the benefits of this home-made solution? You’ve probably heard about the benefits of salt water or used it to treat a sore throat, gums, and even for pain relief after a dental procedure.

Salt is a mineral composed of sodium chloride (NaCI). Rinsing the mouth with a NaCI solution is an old remedy believed to promote healthy gums and encourage recovery from mouth ulcers. When plaque interacts with high doses of sugar (from sugary foods and drinks), it creates acids that attack tooth enamel. Plaque buildup also contributes to gum disease. A study published by the Journal of Indian Society Of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry found the salt water effectively reduces plaque. The salt water rinse can also soothe mouth sores, reduce discomfort from a sore throat and tongue when gargled.

Although there are benefits to using salt water mouth rinse, it shouldn’t replace your daily oral hygiene routine. Taking good care of your teeth starts with brushing twice a day and flossing. Doing this effectively removes plaque, bacteria and food particles that can get stuck between the teeth. Before you use this at home remedy, consult with your dentist to learn about how and when to use it.

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