Sweet, Sweet SundayBaking Soda and Dental Care May 25, 2019 Christy Another use for the baking soda that you just bought to eventually fry our mushrooms and cheese sticks in during this mini-unit on deep frying is… Dental Care Over time your teeth can become yellowed or discolored for many reasons—age, plaque build-up, contact with some common beverages—such as red wine, coffee, tea, soda—and smoking cigarettes. Baking soda has the ability to whiten your teeth without containing the harsh and questionable chemicals found in most other whitening products. ability to neutralizing acids contained in acidic foods and beverage abrasive nature that removes built-up plaque alkaline powder that helps remove discolorations anti-bacterial properties that help fight the bacteria that cause decay foaming actions when combined with certain chemicals, such as lemon and vinegar The most common way to use baking soda to brush your teeth is simply to mix the baking soda with a little water to create a paste. Brush your teeth with this mixture for a couple of minutes every other day for a couple of weeks. Then only do this once or twice a week. Using the paste too frequently may damage your teeth. People often add stuff to this paste for various reasons, including… fruit juice hydrogen peroxide lemon lemon juice peppermint oil salt strawberries vinegar Another option is to gargle with a mixture of 1tsp baking soda and 1C water for about 30 seconds. This mixture is safe enough to use daily. ———————————— Hydrogen Peroxide Many commercial whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, a natural bleaching agent that kills bacteria in your mouth. But most of these, however, contain such a high concentration of peroxide that can result in gum irritation and tooth sensitivity. Most of these products consist of 3% hydrogen peroxide. You only want about a 1.5% concentration. You actually want a concentration of about 1.5%. To make your own toothpaste using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, combine 2tsp hydrogen peroxide with 1tsp baking soda into a paste. Be sure to rinse out your mouth thoroughly after using hydrogen peroxide because swallowing hydrogen peroxide could cause vomiting and upset stomach. Do this only about once a week. ——————— Toothpaste Even though you may be switching to using baking soda to take care of your teeth, you will still need to use some sort of toothpaste that contains the fluoride that you need for stronger teeth and cavity prevention. Simply brushing with baking soda alone will not kill all of the bacteria and can actual increase cavity formation. Nothing can replace the ordinary dental routine of brushing with toothpaste, flossing and rising the mouth that we have all been taught since elementary school days. Look for a toothpaste that contains baking soda and 1% hydrogen peroxide that has the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance on the package….more on this later. —————- Conclusion So is adding the use of baking soda to your daily routine worth the effort? Yes…but not on its own. Using it too often can actually do more damage than good to your teeth in the long run. Perhaps your best bet is to starr using a baking soda based toothpaste…such as Crest Pro-Health toothpastes…available in various flavors/varieties—including Clean Mint, Smooth Peppermint, and Whitening Power).