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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Due to the executive order by Governor Brown, Century Dental as well as all other dental offices in Oregon will only be providing emergency care through June 15, 2020. We will be in communication about already scheduled appointments to adjust those as needed.

If you need an appointment please call the office 971-708-1608.
We are open and available for emergency care.

Is It Better To Gargle With Mouthwash Or Salt Water?

Posted on 10/10/2018 by Century Dental LLC
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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