Rinsing with Salted Water Could Speed Up Healing After Oral Surgery
Posted on 8/23/2021 by Dr. Shaun Rai
Oral surgery causes some pain and soreness that can be easily alleviated by using something as simple as warm water and salt. The following information gives you tips on how to speed up healing by using a salt water rinse for post-operative care.
Why Salt in Water Heals
Salt has been used since ancient times to reduce inflammation and prevent the spread of infection. Egyptian papyruses have been uncovered, dating back to 1,600 BCE, that contain recipes for using salt as a medicinal. While the Ancient Egyptians did not know the reason for salt's healing power, they did notice it worked. Salt heals the mouth because it increases the pH, making the mouth alkaline. Any bad bacteria has a difficult time living in an alkaline environment.
How Much Salt to Add
When you mix up a saltwater rinse, combine a half teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water. By using a saltwater rinse, you will not irritate the mucous membranes in the mouth, as a mouthwash can. Saltwater cleanses the mouth supporting healing instead. If you don't have salt to add to the water at work or school, use tap water to irrigate the surgical site. Swish the water in your mouth. It will remove plaque residue and any stuck food.
Benefits Associated with a Salt Water
Besides cleansing the mouth, a saltwater rinse reduces swelling, increases blood flow, and promotes healing while refreshing your mouth. The salt in the water also heals after-surgery mouth sores and aids in healing a sore throat. When you do not have your toothbrush and toothpaste with you, the rinse provides satisfactory hygiene if you are traveling or away from home.
If you have oral surgery scheduled, we will give your tips about rising with warm saltwater and other post-operative advice. A simple ingredient, such as salt, can assist you in healing faster and experiencing less discomfort during recovery. If you have any oral surgery questions or would like to arrange an appointment for a consultation, give us a call today.