Benefits of Warm Saline Gargles


A salt water mouth rinse or “Dadi ji Ka nuskha” may be age old cure- all remedy but frequently a part of dental prescription. It is ancient-tried and tested remedy which has many medicinal benefits. If we trace back into history, medicinal value of salt is known for ages. Ancient Indian Ayurvedic documents contain references to oral hygiene with salt water.

Warm Saline Gargles have Multiple Benefits

  • It’s a great remedy for anyone who has a itchy and sore throat
  • Gum sores – soothe the pain and heal sores,
  • Pain due to erupting wisdom teeth or  recently underwent dental procedures like extraction, scaling. Studies have shown to cut post extraction complications associated with extraction of teeth like alveolar ostitis or dry socket
  • Very often, sip of hot coffee or eating something very hot can burn tongue, same can be relieved by rinsing with salt water every hour or so.
  • It’s also very common that the tongue or cheek may be bitten by teeth, warm saline rinses may be helpful to ease the pain.
  • Warm saline rinses can be a quick fix for emergency dental hygiene in case you don’t have your regular mouthwash or toothpaste handy.
  • Even If your mouth is sensitive to traditional alcohol-based mouthwashes, salt rinses are a cheap and natural alternative without the unpleasant sting of alcohol-based mouth washes.

Warm Water Inhibits Dental Bacteria – Antibacterial action

Oral Bacteria can thrive better in acidic environment, however, salt is supposed to temporarily increase the pH balance of mouth, creating an alkaline environment in which bacteria struggle to survive.

Warm Water Gargles Promotes Healing

Salt water is astringent and speeds wound healing through reducing inflammation and contracting the tissues. Saline rinses increase  blood flow to the affected area and promote wound healing. It is ideal to use it 24 hours after minor dental surgery to help your mouth recover.

Warm Water Gargles is Non irritating to tissues

It’s an isotonic solution (balanced inside and outside the cell),  which also means that it has the same salts and minerals our bodies do in equal concentrations. For this reason, it doesn’t irritate the mucous membranes as a medicinal mouthwash might, which is why many dentists recommend it as a , healing aid after a procedure.

Making a Salt Water Mouth Rinse – Inexpensive and Effective

It’s actually easy to make a personal salt water-based mouth rinse. Add ½ a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water.

Swish the rinse around your mouth for ten to twelve seconds, then spit it out.

Rinse your mouth every two to three hours for the first few days after surgery, then use it three to four times a day afterwards.

Word of Caution

Though warm salines has many advantages but have few drawbacks also. Swallowing excessive salt water can cause one to dehydrate. Excessive salty water might cause vomiting, and lead to a greater risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.

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