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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123
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Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

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Is It Better To Gargle With Mouthwash Or Salt Water?


Posted on 10/10/2018 by Dr. Call
Is It Better To Gargle With Mouthwash Or Salt Water?When it comes to your oral health, use of a mouthwash is an important step to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

However, you may have heard of people gargling with salt water and find yourself confused about the difference between the two. While both salt water and mouthwash are important parts of an oral hygiene routine, there is one major difference – duration.

Mouthwash is Good for Long-Term Use


If you need a way to keep plaque levels under control, mouthwash is your best option. Safe for long-term use, mouthwash has a neutral pH, so it won't affect the overall oral environment. It is safe for everyday use, and certain options may be formulated to treat particular dental issues.

For example, some mouth wash varieties are actually prescribed by your dentist to help with gum disease. If you don't have any specific dental needs, simply choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride, and you should enjoy healthier teeth and fresher breath.

Salt Wafer Can Help with Short-Term Troubles


While gargling with salt water isn't recommended for long-term use, it can be beneficial in the treatment of acute issues. Specifically, gargling with salt water is often recommended to treat oral wounds.

If you are recovering from surgery to remove your wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend this option, as salt water can act as a natural disinfectant. Salt water can also reduce tissue swelling, and ultimately, it can speed up the healing process as you recover from your procedure.

Unfortunately, long-term use of salt water could cause some oral problems. The pH balance of your mouth could be impacted, and this could ultimately cause weakening of the enamel. With time, your teeth will be put at risk of cavities and other issues.

If you are in need of a new mouth wash, give our office a call. We'll help you find the solution that will work best for your mouth.
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Century Dental Creating the Smiles You Dream of!


Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

Hillsboro Family Dentist


We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

Services Offered


Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology


We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

More questions?


If you have any more questions please feel free to browse our Frequently Asked Questions page or give us a call today at 971-708-1608. We look forward to hearing from you!
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