Beneficial aspects of salt water rinsing in oral cavity

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Gum diseases and periodontal abnormalities are often accompanied by swelling, pain and discomfort in the soft tissues of the oral cavity. Another common problem observed in the oral soft tissues and palatal mucosa is the sloughing off and ulceration caused by thermal damage during intake of hot drinks and food stuff. These manifestations do not always necessitate aggressive treatment therapy and non-invasive pain relief methods should remain the mainstay of overall management planning. Reinforcement of oral hygiene measures in the form of regular tooth brushing and use of dental floss following meals can easily control gum bleeding and gingivitis issues. Periodontal infections and deep pockets accompanied by loss of bone reducing support to the involved teeth require more aggressive treatment procedures. Regular follow up and post operative care is essential in all cases.

Dental health care professionals always advise the maintenance of oral hygiene following treatment procedures in addition to prescribing oral rinses and gum care tooth pastes. Oral rinsing through the use of salt water has shown its effectiveness in various studies. Salt water rinses have been advocated and advised as part of the post operative care plan following tooth extractions, scaling and root planning, gums and bone grafting, closure of Oro-antral openings and fistulas and painful oral ulceration. Palatal mucosa burns following intake of hot coffee and tea are well managed through the use dental pastes along with warm salt water rinses. Warm salt water rinses draw out the infection to the surface of oral soft tissues helping in total cure of the disease. The following article gives an insight into the advantages of warm salt water rinses in oral disease conditions.

Burning your tongue on a hot drink or hot food is zero fun. One surprising thing that could soothe your pain? A salt water rinse.

Rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm water. “It’s actually very soothing,” says Dr. [Sherri] Worth[, a celebrity cosmetic dentist]. The salt can draw infection to the surface of the tissue, where the body eliminates it, and salt helps neutralize the acidic environment that fosters bacteria.

For a burned palate, which can actualy cause dental problems, the article recommends using Kenalog in Orabase, a dental paste that requires a prescription.


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