Salt is a staple in most kitchen cupboards as it is versatile, readily available and is relatively inexpensive. Salt can provide solutions for a myriad of Dental problems and can be used as a toothpaste substitute in a pinch. Combine 1 part fine salt to 2 parts baking soda, mix in water and dip your toothbrush into the paste and brush. The mix is also gentle enough to cleanse Dental appliances such as mouth guards and dentures, provided that fine salt is used.
Combining salt and fresh water will also make a decent mouthwash and medicinal rinse. When mixed properly, saltwater can be used to treat mouth infections, minor injuries and help wounds from a tooth extraction heal more quickly. The liquid can be used to treat halitosis, minimize pain and discomfort associated with mouth conditions such as ulcers, abscesses and other mouth ailments.
Finally, salt can also be used to extend the life of a toothbrush. Experts advise replacing your toothbrush every three months and soaking your toothbrush in a salt and water mix.
Although salt can be used to improve Dental health, the biggest Dental benefits will come from a daily routine of brushing and flossing, eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, drinking fresh water and having regular Dental check-ups.