Many Orthodontists and Dentists suggest rinsing with warm salt water 2-3 times a day during the first few weeks with braces. Why? This helps reduce gum inflammation and irritation that may be going on inside the mouth above or below the newly placed brackets.
Warm salt water rinses are also recommended in cases where patients are experiencing a sore throat or swollen gum tissue due to major restorative dental work.
The usage of salt in the health care community is documented and dates back to some of the oldest medical scripts known to mankind. The science tribune possess ancient Egyptian papyruses from 1600 B.C. that provides methods on how salt was used for medicinal purposes, specifically in the mouth. Over 2,000 years ago, ancient Greeks figured out that salt could be used as an anti-inflammatory.
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According to Dr. Eric Shapira, D.D.S. in Men’s Health Magazine, salt helps develop the proper pH balance needed to keep your gums and mouth clean. It does this by by creating what is known as an “alkaline climate”. Studies show that bacteria weakens in an environment that is mostly pH balanced and thrives in an acidic environment.
What’s so great about salt water mouth rinse is that it can easily be made from anywhere! all you need is 1/2 a teaspoon of salt mixed with 1 cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this mixture 2-3 times/day, for 2-3 weeks in order to achieve the best possible results.Categories: Oral Health, Orthodontic Treatment
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