Bacteria overgrowth or imbalance in the mouth is a major cause of bad breath, and it's also a leading factor in gum disease, tooth decay, and oral problems. Regular rinsing with a sea salt mouthwash can remove these bacteria and help keep your mouth healthy.

Benefits of Sea Salt Mouthwash

Saltwater rinses are effective at cleansing the mouth because they increase the pH balance, creating a much more alkaline environment in which harmful bacteria do not survive. In addition to it's natural antimicrobial properties, research also reveals that a saltwater solution containing 0.9 percent to 1.8 percent sodium chloride is anti-inflammatory and helps heal the gums. Saltwater gurgling is also shown to have a positive effect on respiratory health, making it an easy remedy for cold and flu season. Sea salt rinses can be used:
  • After dental procedures in order to assist in healing and prevent infection
  • For helping or healing issues with the mouth such as periodontal disease, tooth or gum infection, sore throat, canker sores
  • As part of a daily routine to balance the oral microbiome, reduce plaque, whiten teeth, strengthen tooth enamel, protect against gum disease, and guard against respiratory issues from cold and flu

Types of Mouthwashes

Many commercial mouthwashes contain chemicals and alcohol that can damage the teeth and gums. A simple salt water rinse can be just as effective. In fact, a DIY salt water rinse is the go-to recommendation by many dentists because it doesn't contain potential mouth irritants. However, not all sea salt is the same. Most sea salt contains toxins like microplastics and heavy metals. If you are looking for the highest quality salt for making a sea salt mouthwash, bamboo salt is proven to be especially helpful for improving oral health and reducing bacteria. It's toxin free, rich in healing minerals, and highly alkaline (learn about its unique roasting process that originated with Korean Buddhist monks over a thousand years ago). Bamboo salt's pH is much higher (ranging up to 11.5) than standard sea salt (7.5 pH) which makes it more effective in calming inflammation and creating an environment where harmful microbes are less likely to thrive.

How to Make a Saltwater Mouthwash

To make a sea salt mouthwash, mix 1 teaspoon of salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water. Then, swish around the mixture in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out. If your mouth is tender from dental work or surgery, you can start with just 1/2 teaspoon salt per 8 ounces of water and gradually work your way up. Overall, saltwater mouthwash, especially one made with bamboo salt, is a safe and effective way to maintain oral health naturally. Its antimicrobial and alkalizing properties can help kill harmful bacteria and soothe inflammation, making it a valuable addition to your daily oral care routine.
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