31 Dec 6 Benefits of a Himalayan Salt Mouth Rinse
A Himalayan salt rinse is a luxurious treatment for your mouth. But you don’t have to go to a five-star spa, or even a dentist, to get this treatment. You can enjoy the benefits from the comfort of your own home. At Hicks Dental Group, we know your teeth need to be pampered, so we want to share with you the benefits of a Himalayan salt rinse.
Why Himalayan Salt?
You may be wondering why you can’t rinse with regular table salt. Himalayan salt actually has properties that you won’t find in table salt. While Himalayan salt is chemically similar to regular salt, it also contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These chemicals aid in fighting bacteria and easing inflammation.
All these helpful minerals are part of the natural process of mining Himalayan salt. Originating in Pakistan, this pink salt is almost always sold naturally, without any fillers or excess chemicals. There are few purer things you can buy at the grocery store.
6 Benefits of a Himalayan Salt Rinse
When you rinse your mouth with Himalayan salt, you help your mouth, and your entire body, in several ways. Himalayan salt can:
1. Help with toothaches.
Toothaches can be unbearable, and we strongly encourage you to make an appointment for a consultation if you experience any pain in your mouth. Until you are able to come in, perform a rinse to ease the pain.
2. Prevent cavities.
The many helpful minerals in Himalayan salt fight off cavity-causing plaque.
3. Fight halitosis.
No one wants bad breath. Thankfully, there are several treatments to remedy bad breath, including a Himalayan salt rinse.
4. Prevent gum recession.
Gum recession is an uncomfortable condition in which the gums fade away, leaving the teeth and their roots vulnerable to infection and decay. In addition to proper dental care, a Himalayan mouth rinse maintains and protects your gums.
5. Ease a sore throat.
You were probably told to rinse with salt water when you had strep throat as a kid. And it works—especially because of the healing properties in Himalayan salt.
6. Curb your cough.
Himalayan salt rinses have been effective in relieving symptoms of upper respiratory issues, as well.
How to Do a Himalayan Salt Rinse
It may sound simple to do, but it is important to follow these steps for the perfect Himalayan salt rinse:
- First, use warm water. This is particularly important if you’re in pain—the water’s warmth will sooth the irritation.
- Then, add at least ½ a teaspoon of Himalayan salt. Make sure to add no less than ½ a teaspoon to reap all of the salt’s benefits. Stir until the salt is dissolved in the water.
- Swish for ten to twelve seconds to ensure the minerals reach the infected or inflamed area.
- Finally, spit. Don’t swallow! Consuming all that salt at once is bad for you—and it tastes pretty awful, too! Repeat as needed.
Your Local Dentist in Prescott
At Hicks Dental Group, we pride ourselves on staying up to date with the latest dental health trends that are good for your mouth and your overall health. In addition to a Himalayan salt rinse, there are many beneficial oral habits we’d love to share with you. Schedule your first appointment today so we can keep you up to date, too.