Why You Should Start Gargle with Warm Salt Water

How many of you have known that salt water is a powerful anti-bacterial? Saline water (also called salt water, salt-water or saltwater) is water with salt in it. Raw salt, which is primarily sodium chloride, restricts bacterial growth in many foods and preserves them because it absorbs water molecules. Bacteria need moisture in order to thrive, so without enough water they cannot grow well. Salt water has been used by multiple cultures over countless generations to clean wounds and rinse out mouths.

A salt water mouth rinse is useful for a number of different reasons. It's a great option for anyone who has a sore throat, gum sores, toothache or recently underwent dental procedures. Salt water rinses are beneficial because they temporarily alkalinize or increase the pH in the mouth, which deters bacterial proliferation, as virtually all species prefer acidic environments. Further, salt water is isotonic and not irritating to mucous membranes, which is why many dentists use warm salt water rinses after dental procedures.

It's actually easy to make a personal salt water-based mouth rinse. ½ teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce-cup of warm water and gargle with the solution for thirty seconds. Repeat the process until you’ve gargled all eight ounces. Once you have finished the entire solution, rinse your mouth with plain water.

How do you take it?

For daily use:
Rinse your mouth every morning with it.

After dental procedures:
Rinse your mouth every two to three hours for the first few days after surgery, and then use it three to four times a day thereafter.

To soothe sore throat:
Gargle at least four to five times a day. Drink some warm water afterward; it will give a lot of relief to your inflamed throat.

For toothache:
Gargle three or four times each day to ease your toothache. You can ease the pain of a toothache, but only a dentist can actually fix whatever is wrong. Saltwater can kill bacteria and make your toothache feel better. It can also ease it so that it doesn't get infected.

Caution: Washing your mouth with salt water and spitting it out is harmless, but swallowing it in large quantities can be harmful. So, careful not to accidentally swallow you salt water gargle.

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