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Home Remedies - Mayo Clinic
How Salt Water Mouth Rinse Benefits Oral Health
You wake up in the morning with a telltale tickle in your throat. Ruh roh. Is it the first symptom of a cold, the flu, or— gulp —strep throat? Salt water gargles are an easy and natural home remedy for a host of common ailments that may be the root cause of your pain. It could possibly soothe the inflammation in your throat in a matter of hours.
A sore throat is one of the most annoying nuisances we can encounter during the day, right up there with an incessantly runny nose or a pounding headache. Why is this the case? It all comes down to osmosis. There are a couple reasons why gargling with saltwater can soothe a sore throat. First, a sore throat can occur due to an overabundance of bad bacteria in the throat. Osmosis is what happens when a solvent moves from an area of higher concentration to an area of lower concentration, which occurs because both sides want to achieve equilibrium. While saltwater may kill some bacteria, many strains of bacteria are resistant to salt.
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Not only does the saltwater gargle appear to ease cold symptoms, but it also keeps you healthier during cold and flu season. In a randomized study published in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine in , researchers recruited almost healthy volunteers and followed them for 60 days during cold and flu season. Some of the subjects were told to gargle three times a day.
Special Offers. A salt water mouth rinse is useful for a number of different reasons. It's a great option for anyone who has a sore throat, gum sores or recently underwent dental procedures. It doesn't take the place of modern dental hygiene, but is used as a supportive measure for adults and children alike. The use of salt for health care purposes has a long history, dating back to some of the oldest medical scripts in existence, according to the Science Tribune. Ancient Egyptian papyruses from B.