Sometimes, it’s the simplest of solutions that can offer you that immediate relief, both physically and emotionally, when you need it most! Did you know that in many instances, when you’re dealing with an oral health concern that’s causing you to schedule an urgent visit to our practice, a common means of keeping your smile clean and comfortable is the use of a salt water rinse? It’s true. Mix up some salt and water, swish it through your smile several times a day, and you’ll be doing yourself a big favor. When should I do this, you might wonder? Allow our Lake Orion, MI team to fill you in on some important details!
#1: When You “Burn” Your Mouth
When you say you burned your mouth, what you’re probably saying is that you accidentally ate something very hot, temperature wise, and you’re worried because now your tongue feels weird. Your tissue may feel a little raw. You’re not enjoying it but you aren’t really sure if you should just ignore it, come in to see us, or something else. Here’s the good news: Unless this seems severe, you can generally start by rinsing with cold water. Next, remember that salt water is a natural antiseptic and offers some pain relief and swelling relief. Rinse with it several times a day until things feel better.
#2: When You Have A Sore
Yep. The same rule applies. If you’re dealing with a sore, however, you will find that you may feel concerned not only about the discomfort but also with the fact that you know bacteria are ready to make that sore even worse. So, what can you do? Our answer is to rely on salt water to address this minor but uncomfortable oral health issue, until it heals or until you see us for a dental checkup!
#3: When You’re Dealing With Inflammation
As mentioned, whether it’s a bit of inflamed gum tissue, a lot of inflamed gum tissue, or any other minor swelling, salt water can help alleviate the problem, as it helps you overcome that discomfort that often accompanies swollen tissue. Keep the area clean and safe by gently rinsing with your saline solution, until you can come in to see us for dental care.
#4: When You Have A Toothache
Surprise! Even rinsing with salt water will help your toothache feel a bit better. It will also help you feel relaxed, knowing you’re keeping the site clean just in case it’s the result of decay or another oral health issue.
Call Us When Something Seems Off
Don’t stay away from our practice when you notice a slight or serious shift with your smile health. Call us, instead, to let us know what’s happening, so we may advise you and see you soon! To schedule a visit for in Lake Orion, MI, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213.