A good brushing regime is critical to your personal health and well-being. However, even if you have the perfect brushing technique down pat, your toothbrush can’t reach everywhere in your mouth

Not everyone gets on well with over-the-counter dental rinses.

Many of these contain alcohol, which can actually dry the mouth and exacerbate bad breath.

Others may be trying to avoid the fluoride and other chemicals used in their preparation.

What’s the solution?

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A simple hypertonic solution of salt could well be the answer.

Hypertonic means the rinse is saltier than your blood, which means it will draw away swelling from your gums and soothe inflammation.

Very few bacteria (there are some exceptions) can survive in a salty environment, and it’s perfectly natural and body-friendly, too.

Use around 20g of salt per litre of either distilled water or water that’s been boiled in the kettle. Add a few drops of tea tree oil for an extra boost and your rinse is ready to use.

Get into the habit of good oral hygiene – it’s one you will never regret.

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