During your orthodontic treatment process, you may find that the inside of your mouth feels sore from time to time. A saline rinse is a quick and easy way to manage your discomfort and promote healing.
Why is my mouth sore?
Most orthodontic patients experience some degree of irritation and soreness after they first get their braces, and also after their adjustment appointments.
Why? Because your teeth, gums, and the inside of your cheeks and lips must all adjust to the new shape and position of your braces. The braces will rub against different spots inside your mouth, causing irritation, and sometimes sores.
What is a saline solution?
Saline solution is a mixture of salt and water that you swish around in your mouth to sooth the irritation and discomfort you experience due to your braces.
How does saline solution help?
Saline solutions do two things; they provide a degree of pain relief, and promote healing. The idea is that saltwater works as an antiseptic to gently wash away bacteria from the affected area, and reduces the alkalinity of the mouth. They also helps bring down swelling.
Please note that a salt water rinse is a relatively mild, short-term solution to your oral discomfort; if you find it’s not effective, try an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkiller instead, such as ibuprofen.
How do I make a saline solution, and how do I use it?
To make your salt water rinse, stir one tablespoon of salt into 1 cup (250 mL) of warm water, until it is completely dissolved.
To use the rinse, take a mouthful of the salt water and swish it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds, then spit it out into the sink. Repeat this procedure until the salt water is gone. You can do this as often as you like throughout the day.