Benefits of Salt Water Rinses

Benefits of Salt Water Rinses

Quite often the dentists prescribe the patients with salt-water rinses. Salt-water rinses are easy and time-tested home remedy for the dental infections and faster healing.

To understand how the salt water rinses works, one has to understand the biologic phenomena of osmosis. In Osmosis the water and solvent ions moves from an area of higher concentration to an area of lower concentration to maintain the balance and the equilibrium. Virus and bacteria accumulate in the oral cavity during infections. Sodium ions from the salt water move into the area of less concentration in oral cavity, usually inhabited by bacteria or viruses. This creates an environment that is not conducive for the bacteria or viruses as this causes the water to move out of the membrane causing the dehydration of the bacteria and viruses. Eventually this helps in relieving Dental pain or dental infections.

How to prepare salt water rinses?

  • Add half a spoon of common salt to your cup of lukewarm water (Approx 300 ml). Stir well. Please ensure the water is not too hot for the oral cavity.
  • Gargle and rinse with the saltwater for about 30 seconds.
  • Repeat the process until you finish the water in the cup.
  • Gargle every 3 to 4 hours to relieve the dental pain and infections.

Advantages of saltwater rinses

1. Cleans the Oral cavity

Salt-water rinses remove the acidic environment in the oral cavity, which harbors the bacterial infections. It neutralizes the acidic environment and increases the pH of The Saliva. This role is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial in nature. Salt water rinses in addition to the removal of the acidic environment also aids in removal of tiny food particles stuck in the tooth, which can lead to the tooth decay.

2. Removes bad breath

Salt-water rinses aids in removing the acidic environment, neutralizes the pH of the oral cavity, remove the bacterial infections and the stuck food particles, which are also the primary reasons for halitosis (bad breath). Saltwater rinses works effectively even in the cases of chronic halitosis.

3. Heals Bleeding and swollen gums

Bleeding gums is the first sign of presence of bacterial infection. Rinsing with salt water is antibacterial and anti inflammatory in nature. Additionally salt-water rinses provide therapeutic effect in the cases with abscess.

4. Dental plaque and gingivitis

Dental plaque is thin biofilm containing bacteria that accumulates on the surface of the tooth and gums. It is this biofilm, which hardens over a period of time to tartar called calculus leading to gingivitis and periodontitis. Salt water rinses aid in the removal of dental plaque and gingivitis

5. Relieves nasal congestion

Salt-water rinses and gargle prevents the thickening of the mucus in the upper respiratory tract and nose. It is also antibacterial in case of sore throat infections and reduces inflammation. Studies have well demonstrated that salt-water rinses and gargles reduce the chances of upper respiratory tract infections by almost 40%.

6. Help in cough

Salt-water rinses and gargles work as antitussive. It prevents the Cough and even works in cases of dry cough.

7. Sore throat

Salt-water princes and goggle works as best natural remedy to relieve the pain and discomfort in the throat.

8. Relieves mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers can be bothersome as they can cause pain or discomfort in the oral cavity. They are usually sensitive and painful in nature. Ulcers can occur due to various reasons such as accidental biting, hormonal changes, stress, sensitivity to the food or occasional allergy. Salt-water rinses relieves the pain and helps in faster healing of mouth ulcers.

9. Prevents tooth decay

The fluoride in the common salt prevents the loss of minerals from the enamel of the tooth. It neutralizes the acidic PH in the mouth and hardens the enamel because of which most dentist recommend incorporation of salt water rinses in daily routine.

10. Aids in healing

Salt-water rinses help in faster healing of the tissues after dental surgeries or procedures. Studies have well indicated that rinsing with salt water helps you in faster recovery and faster healing of the connective tissue.

11. Helps in fungal infections

Candidiasis is the most common fungal infection that starts growing in the mouth, tongue, esophagus and upper respiratory tract characterized by white patches and cottony growth leading to pain and burning sensation. Salt-water rinses not only help in relieving the pain but also help in fighting candida infection.

Too much of gargling with salt water can often lead to dehydration of the oral cavity and mucosa. Avoid swallowing the salt water as intake of too much of salt and salt water can lead to cardiovascular diseases