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Oral Health Prevention in a Box

Sep 26, 2018

By Dean George

Egyptians used it as a soap.

Many cultures have used it as a baking powder for centuries.

Millions have employed it as an antacid to treat acid indigestion and heartburn. Millions more have valued it as a scouring powder and odor remover.

In short, it’s like a Swiss Army knife in a box.

For our purposes as a purveyor of oral health and a savvy source of dental wisdom, when used correctly sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, can also help keep your teeth clean and your mouth healthy.

But first, what exactly is baking soda? In its natural state baking soda is known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron.

Natron contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate and its versatility comes from its unique pH factor.  Baking soda is an alkaline substance and when it mixes with an acid like stomach acid or the acid that causes bad breath, it alters the pH level.

Here are four ways baking soda helps keep your teeth white and your oral health in peak shape:

Teeth Whitening

Baking soda is an effective tooth whitening agent that quickly removes teeth stains. Its mild abrasive action helps scrub tooth stains and deodorize teeth.

We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that is a principal reason why baking soda is often included in tooth whitening toothpastes and tooth whitening preparations.

To whiten your teeth and make stains disappear with baking soda, dampen your toothbrush and dip it into a dab of baking soda. Shake off any loose baking soda and brush your teeth thoroughly. Doing this a few times weekly will help brighten your smile by gently cleaning and polishing your teeth.

Bad Breath

Bad breath has many origins other than from eating garlicky foods or enjoying onions.  Halitosis is bad breath caused by oral or gastrointestinal factors. For instance, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis and pneumonia can all cause bad breath due to nasal or sinus secretions.

Baking soda rebalances the acid causing the bad breath into a healthier pH balance that neutralizes the source of the bad breath. Gargling with half a teaspoon of dissolved baking soda in a glass of water will halt bad breath in its tracks.

Mouth Ulcers and Canker Sores 

Mouth sores are annoying because not only are they painful, but they can also take a long time to heal because food and drink can aggravate them.

To combat mouth sores, dissolve one or two teaspoons of baking soda in a glass of water and use as a regular mouth rinse. It’s quick to ease the pain, easy to prepare and less painful on mouth sores than many mouthwashes.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

The primary cause of periodontal disease is an accumulation of tooth plaque, and the most common form of periodontal disease is gingivitis.

Gingivitis sufferers experience sore, bleeding, or swollen gums, which often includes bad breath.

Baking soda helps combat periodontal issues two ways: first, baking soda inhibits the formation of plaque by cleaning and polishing the teeth.  Baking soda also has antibacterial properties that kill the Streptococcus mutans bacteria that causes tooth decay.

Secondly, it deodorizes teeth, which helps prevent halitosis.

Brushing once or twice daily with baking soda or using a toothpaste with baking soda as an added ingredient can help control the spread of periodontal disease and provide comfort from those suffering from sore or swollen gums.

Those with periodontal disease can also apply baking soda mixed with a small amount of salt directly to their gums for temporary relief from sore or swollen gums.

As helpful and effective as baking soda is though, there is no substitute for brushing and flossing daily and regular dental visits.

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