Wondering what connection does a saltwater rinse has with maintenance of generalized oral health? It is considered as one of the best at-home remedies for the maintenance of gums and teeth, especially following any surgical procedure.
How to do a saltwater rinse?
It is one of the easiest alternative to mouthwash. All you need to do is
Add ½ a teaspoon of salt to a cup of lukewarm water,
Swish it around your mouth for a few seconds and spit it out.
Benefits of using salt water rinses
Reduces the bacterial count- It has natural antibacterial properties. It acts by increasing the pH and creating an alkaline atmosphere which makes it difficult for bacteria to survive.
Natural healing-It helps to increase the blood flow which in turn increases the number of white blood cells in that region, helps to fight off infections, hence faster healing. Studies have shown that saltwater rinse stimulates the migration of gingival fibroblasts to the injured area which increases the rate of healing.
Easy to tolerate-It is easily tolerable by people who are sensitive/ allergic to alcohol-containing mouthwashes.
Easily available + Cost-effective- Salt is one of the cheapest and easily available ingredients. One can even carry it easily
Conditions in which it is known to be effective
- Oral ulcers
- Healing following minor surgical procedures(extraction, post-implant)
- Following root canal treatment.
- Initiation of orthodontic treatment.
- Will it raise my blood pressure?
The answer is no. Saltwater rinses are not meant to be swallowed and systemic absorption does not occur by mere swishing and spitting so it can be safely used in the case of hypertensive patients also.
We here at REALTOOTH advise our patients to do warm saline rinses following any minor surgical procedures like extractions, implant surgeries, also in cases of gum inflammation post scaling and the outcomes are simply amazing. The rate of healing is increased several folds. In fact, it is useful for maintaining generalized oral health too so it can be done on a regular basis and can be incorporated in daily maintenance routine.
Dr. Ayushi Tandon