Salt-water rinses help sore mouths

Anytime you’ve had new hardware added to your braces, and especially when you first get them on, the inside of your mouth will probably be sore where the brackets, hooks, springs, etc. start to rub. You’ll find that rinsing with salt-water is extremely soothing. Stir about 1 Tablespoon of regular salt into 8 ounces of warm water; let the salt dissolve. Swish a mouthful of the salt-water for ten seconds or so, just as you would with a mouthwash, then spit it out – don’t swallow it. Try this as often as you like, even five or more times a day for the first three days of braces. It’s a very simple solution to a classic silver-smile problem.

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