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How a Salt Water Mouth Rinse Benefits Oral Health

How a Salt Water Mouth Rinse Benefits Oral Health

Dental health isn’t just about brushing your teeth and flossing: keeping your teeth, gums and tongue healthy requires a comprehensive effort.

There are many simple ways to take care of your dental health which don’t involve extra visits to the dentist’s chair. One of these effective at-home remedies is a salt water rinse.

What Is a Salt Rinse?

Salt water rinses fight everything from gingivitis to bad breath. If you’re suffering from a sore throat, a salt water rinse can be a soothing remedy you can make at home for cheap. Salt water rinses can even help you recover more quickly from oral surgery.

Below are all the benefits of adding a salt rinse into your regular dental health regime.

How to Do a Salt Water Rinse

To make a salt rinse, add ½ a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Swish the rinse around your mouth for ten to twelve seconds, then spit it out.

After brushing and flossing, you can use a salt rinse three to four times a week. However, you shouldn’t use a salt rinse too much more often than this — too much sodium could have negative effects on your tooth enamel.

Natural Healing

Salt rinses help naturally heal wounds. The salt rinse increases blood flow to the affected area, which promotes quicker healing. You can use a salt rinse after a minor dental trauma (such as a small cut or sore inside the mouth) or after something more significant, like oral surgery.

If you’re suffering from a sore throat or overused vocal cords, a salt rinse is a soothing remedy for both of these ailments.

24 hours after surgery, you can use a salt water rinse three or four times a day, especially after eating. If your mouth is tender, use less than ½ a teaspoon of salt to try and soothe stinging.

Reduces Bacteria

Where bacteria thrives, so does illness. When you use a salt rinse, the bacteria in your mouth is subjected to an alkaline environment that makes it harder for spores to thrive and breed. In other words, salt rinses can keeps bacteria levels from rising, which lowers your chances of getting sick.

Plus, salt rinses help remove particles of food that may be stuck in your teeth. If left there, those particles could irritate and inflame your gums, leading to more visits to the dentist and potentially costly procedures.

Fights Bad Breath

If your mouth is sensitive to traditional alcohol-based mouthwashes, salt riness are a cheap and natural alternative. The oral bacteria that the salt water combats can be responsible for everything from gingivitis to halitosis, which is bad breath.

A salt water rinse can help fight bad breath without the unpleasant sting of alcohol-based mouth washes.


Salt is one of the cheapest ingredients you can find in the supermarket, which is a major reason why this versatile ingredient can easily added to your daily dental health regimen.

Using a salt water rinse even just once a week can make a difference for your dental health.

Get more clever home remedies to help fight plaque >


Brought to you by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as tax, legal, investment or medical advice. #2017-39635 (exp. 4/19)

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