After having oral surgery, you may be looking for ways to speed up the healing process. The good news is that the tissues in the oral cavity are among the fastest in the body in terms of healing speed.
The bad news is that nothing is instantaneous. Having said that, there are certainly things you can do to help speed up the healing process. One of them is using a salt water rinse.
Salt Water Rinses DisinfectFor one thing, salt helps disinfect the wound, so by using a salt water rinse you help rid the area of germs that can add to inflammation. Simply create a rinse by combining cool water with the amount of salt you can tolerate, stir well, and swish the solution around in your mouth.
While you may be used to using hot water for a salt water rinse-such as when you rinse for a sore throat-we recommend cool water. This is because the temperature of the water can help make the oral surgery site feel better, and can have a soothing effect on your suture areas.
Rinses-of All Sorts-Help Keep the Area CleanIn addition to the salt acting as a disinfectant, you can use a salt water rinse to help promote healing by virtue of the fact that the water moving around the area will help keep it free of debris.
While you want to be careful of rinsing too vigorously-your mouth may need to form some blood clots to help in the healing process-a gentle rinsing action should be just fine.
We are here to help you in every stage of your oral surgery. From helping you prepare, to performing the procedure, to helping you in recovery, we want to make the experience as easy as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (212) 287-2483 today.