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Why Should You Rinse with Salt Water After Oral Surgery?

Posted on 4/25/2017 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A woman rinsing her mouth out with a saltwater rinse.
Most people think about putting salt anywhere near a wound and want to run the other direction. It's painful, and should be avoided at all costs, right? Well, when it comes to helping your mouth heal, it's actually recommended.

Salt water is a great booster to your mouth following oral surgery when it comes to helping your mouth heal and stay healthy while it does so. If you recently had oral surgery, or are about to, make sure that you have some salt at home so you can make a fresh batch of warm saltwater whenever you need it.

Why Should Salt Water Be Part of Your Aftercare Routine?

Salt is great at preventing infections. It has been used for thousands of years, dating as far back as 1600 B.C. Between salt's ability to kill off bacteria, change the pH of your mouth, and keep inflammation down, it is the ideal thing to add into your daily routine following any type of oral surgery.

You should be rinsing your mouth out at least twice per day starting the day of surgery, and continuing on for at least 5-7 days. Your oral surgeon will tell you how many days is best for you. This should be done in addition to your normal oral hygiene routine, which should be restarted the day after your surgery was performed.

To find out more about how salt can benefit your mouth after oral surgery, contact our office today about it prior to having your procedure done. They can explain to you what benefits you will be able to see from it, and how often you should be doing it based on the type of procedure that you are having done. It isn't difficult, but it can help speed up healing a great deal.

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