When it comes to taking care of your teeth – you want to cover all of your bases. As our dentists in the Anaheim area frequently remind patients – that includes brushing and flossing.
But if we’re talking about “covering your bases” we can’t just leave it at two, can we? That’s why rinsing your mouth makes a great third line of defense for safely and gently keeping your teeth as healthy as possible.
But you don’t even really need to go out and buy anything new if you don’t already have mouthwash at home. In fact, you don’t even really need mouthwash to rinse out your mouth. All it takes is some salt and water (but mouthwash can’t hurt either)
Salt has actually been used to aid in healthcare for many many years – actually dating back to some of the earliest medical texts ever found. Just like ancient Egyptians were known to pioneer other realms of dentistry – like dental fillings – they also used salt to fight infection and bacteria.
But how much good can salt really do? It might not feel as powerful as mouth-wash but it briefly increases the pH (and reduces the acidity) in your mouth. This helps create an environment where bacteria have a hard time surviving. By rinsing with saltwater every-so-often you can effectively reduce how inviting your mouth is for the bacteria that can gradually lead to decay and cavities.
But you shouldn’t make it an every day thing. While salt water is both a natural disinfectant and a healing aid that can reduce swelling and inflammation – long-term use could upset the pH balance in your mouth which could lead to dental problems down the road.
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