Alternative dental products containing natural ingredients, such as salt, have been a trend in recent years – and it's no surprise why. From adding flavour to food to providing important health benefits, salt has many advantages, including improving your dental health.
If you're considering adding salt to your oral care routine, keep these three factors in mind to do it safely – and to enjoy a more natural lifestyle!
Rinsing your mouth with saltwater is beneficial in many situations, including:
- After tooth extractions: A study in Evidence-Based Dentistry, published on behalf of the British Dental Association, found that using a warm saline mouthwash at least twice daily significantly reduces the occurrence of dry socket – the persistent, throbbing pain and exposure of the bare alveolar bone (which contains the tooth sockets) that usually occurs within 48 to 72 hours of a tooth extraction.
- Oral thrush: The United States Mayo Clinic recommends using a warm saltwater rinse during an oral thrush outbreak.
- Canker sores: By removing some germs and decreasing tenderness, salt rinses can help relieve canker sore pain.