How Salt Water Helps Your Mouth Heal After Oral Procedures
Posted on 5/24/2021 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
Historically, saltwater was orally administered or applied directly on wounds to disinfect them. To date, this household ingredient remains beneficial in the dental industry, especially after surgical procedures. This is because immediately after an oral procedure, your mouth is at a higher risk of infection, and salt offers a gentle yet effective way of combating infection. After an oral procedure, we will recommend salt rinses to aid in wound healing and inhibition of bacterial activities.
Healing of Wounds
After tooth extraction or other dental surgical procedures, we may suggest that you rinse your mouth with salt water for its healing properties. Saltwater acts by reducing swelling and increasing blood flow necessary for speedy healing. It is also useful in speeding up the healing of sores and wounds and reducing bacteria and inflammation in the mouth.
Inhibition of Bacterial Activity
Poor oral hygiene will result in plaque formation. Bacteria will thrive in plaque and feed on sugars to release acids. These acids then corrode your teeth' enamel and expose your inner tooth to decay and oral diseases. Rinsing your mouth with salt is effective in reducing plaque buildup, reducing bacterial activity in the process. Salt also increases Ph. An alkaline environment will inhibit bacterial multiplication and activity. While salt rinses are effective against plaques, brushing and flossing remain the most effective way of preventing plaque buildup in the long run.
How to Use Salt Rinses
To make a saltwater rinse, you can add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and use it against mouth sores, sore throat, pain relief, and cleaning your mouth after tooth extraction. While salt is effective against these oral issues, you should consult first with us before using salt to treat certain conditions. You should also schedule regular appointments for exams and cleanings to keep your mouth healthy. For more details on the benefits of salt after dental procedures, contact our office today. And for more information about related services click the following links: Tooth Extraction After Tooth Extraction Bone Graft Dental Implants After Placement of Dental Implants
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