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Soothe Your Mouth With Saltwater

July 27, 2022

Salt has many uses. It adds flavor to food, removes stains from clothing and can even help scrub rust from metal. But did you know that this mineral also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties? Orthodontists endorse salt-based mouth rinses to help soothe mouth sores that the components of braces can cause. 

When you’re searching for an orthodontic practice that’s dedicated to providing the highest standard of personalized care, look no further than the office of Pittston. We offer an extensive menu of supreme-quality services for patients of all ages. Our skilled team has your needs in mind, which makes it easy to schedule your visits. 

Brackets, bands, arch wires, O-rings, spacers and palatal expanders have a tendency to irritate cheeks, tongues and gums, which are delicate and highly sensitive tissues. Yes, applying orthodontic wax helps fend off pinpointed sites of irritation, but salt-based mouth rinses calm all areas at one time. The rinses also helps heal canker sores, which is are painful ulcer craters in the lining of the mouth

Anyone who wears braces knows all about the extra work it takes to thoroughly clean their teeth every day. It’s not easy to reach every single surface, nook and cranny when the components of braces pose obstacles. Salt impedes dental bacteria. When plaque, which contributes to gum disease, comes into contact with high amounts of sugar from sweet foods and beverages, the result is the formation of acid that strikes tooth enamel. When consistently used to prevent oral disease, a salt-based mouth rinse efficiently lessens plaque. 

To make a saltwater-based mouth rinse, simply add a half teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Always consult with your orthodontist before using a salt-based mouth rinse as a part of your dental routine. He or she may recommend using a saltwater rinse every day, intermittently or on an as-needed basis. 

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