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Rinsing with Salt Water After Oral Surgery Can Speed Up Healing


Posted on 10/15/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Rinsing with Salt Water After Oral Surgery Can Speed Up HealingIt is important to do the right thing after oral surgery. You need to do things to help you recover and to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. There are many ways to help manage the symptoms associated with oral surgery.

One of the best things you can do is to rinse out your mouth with salt water. You should learn why to do this and how to do this before you go through the oral surgery.

What Salt Water Rinses Do

After oral surgery, you have to deal with many things. There is often pain and swelling after the surgery. This occurs during the first 36 to 48 hours after surgery and slowly subsides after that. You will also get instructions to keep your mouth clean and moist. A salt water rinse can help with these things.

The salt water rinse helps with the swelling and the pain. It can reduce the inflammation that occurs after surgery. It also helps manage any pain that can result from the swelling. The salt water rinse can also help remove any bacteria and debris that builds up in the mouth. While you still need to brush and floss, rinsing out the mouth a few times a day will help with that. Keeping the mouth clean after surgery is one of the best ways to prevent infection.

How to Use Salt Water Rinses

It starts with a cup of warm, not hot water. The temperature should be about 110 degrees. Mix in a half teaspoon of table salt and stir. Drink the salt water, but do not swallow. Wash it around the mouth for about 15 seconds before spitting it out. You can repeat this every 3 to 4 hours for several days after the surgery and can continue rinsing 3 to 4 times a day for the next two weeks.

Learn how to care for your oral health after surgery by scheduling an appointment with our dental professionals.


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