Alternative dental products containing natural ingredients, such as salt, have been a trend in recent years – and it's not surprising why. From adding flavor to food to providing important health benefits, salt has many advantages – including improving your dental health.
So if you're considering integrating salt into your oral care routine, keep these three factors in mind to do it safely – and to enjoy a more natural lifestyle!
1. Saltwater Rinses
Rinsing your mouth with saltwater is beneficial in many situations, including:
- After tooth extractions: A study in Evidence-Based Dentistry found that using a warm saline mouthwash at least twice daily significantly reduces the occurrence of dry socket – which is the persistent, throbbing pain and exposure of the bare alveolar bone that usually occurs within 48-72 hours of a tooth extraction.
- Oral thrush: The Mayo Clinic recommends using a warm saltwater rinse during an oral thrush outbreak.
- Canker sores: By removing some bacteria and decreasing inflammation, salt rinses can help relieve canker sore pain.