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Is a Salt Water Rinse Helpful After Oral Surgery?


Posted on 2/20/2020 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Is a Salt Water Rinse Helpful After Oral Surgery?Due to one issue or the other, most people find themselves in the dentist's chair opening their mouths wide so that a certain procedure can be done. Although there is often an anesthetic during the procedure, the process of healing and recovery can be a winded one.

After surgery, when the pain medications start to wear off, it's normal to experience issues of one form or the other. In cases where there was surgery, you must look into the tissue that needs to heal. Not only should you clean your mouth to keep the germs away, but to also help the mouth to heal faster and avoid infections. To this end, salt water helps out a great deal. Here are a few ways how a salt water rinse can do your oral health some good after the surgery.

Reducing Bacteria


Since the mouth is always moist and there will always be some remnants of the foods and drinks we take, then bacteria in the mouth will always be an issue. However, salt is a natural enemy to these bacterial spores. When you treat your mouth to an oral rinse after surgery, you create an environment in the mouth where the bacteria spores cannot multiply therefore make infections that much more difficult to come by.

Bad Breath


In case your doctor has advised that you get some alcohol baaed mouth scrubbers and you are allergic to them, then you can use salt water to perform the rinse. Not only will the salt water counteract the gingivitis, it will also take away the bad breath.

Promotes Healing


One of the most commonly known facts about salt is that it helps dry things up. After surgery, it's important that the patient does a couple of these rinses every now and then. It will help the wounds heal faster and also eliminate any chance of having an infection interfere with the healing.

Brett Sullivan, DMD, MD
Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Clackamas Implant & Oral Surgery Center
9895 SE Sunnyside Rd, Suite P
Clackamas, OR 97015

Ph: 503-662-8744
Fax: 503-652-8992
Email: info@clackamasoralsurgery.com
Clackamas Implant & Oral Surgery Center - Brett Sullivan, DMD, MD | www.clackamasoralsurgery.com | 503-662-8744
9895 SE Sunnyside Rd, Suite P, Clackamas, OR 97015