Baking Soda and Your Teeth: What Sodium Bicarbonate Does to Your Teeth

About 150 years  baking soda got the reputation as being abrasive to the enamel and has been used as a tooth cleanser . Toothpastes according to their abrasiveness are rated on a scale from 0 – 200.  This is known as RDA value or “Relative Dentin Abrasiveness”.  RDA of 7 has pure baking soda .

There are so many reasons for using baking soda for brushing teeth.  It is used but  to whiten teeth, removes stain, kills bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

“Plaque is removed by brushing with a commercial dentifrice containing baking soda better than brushing with dentifrices which did not contain baking soda, according to Pubmed . Baking soda-containing dentifrices are compared with non-baking soda dentifrice formulations. Baking Soda and Your Teeth:

A healthy mouth is non-acidic, neutral or alkaline. Sodium bicarbonate neutralize  the harmful effects of bacterial metabolic acids.

Due to the abrasive nature of sodium bicarbonate, plaque layered on the enamel of teeth are scrubbed off is a polishing agent. It is compared to other oral dentifrices ,brands and formulations. Sodium bicarbonate is an effective polishing agent.

By the enamel increases calcium uptake which strengthens the enamel.

Bicarbonate has buffering capacity  in preventing dental cavities and also decrease dental plaque acidity. Bicarbonate challenge plaque formation on teeth .Tooth powder containing sodium bicarbonate was patented in the USA in October 1985 .

HOW TO BRUSH WITH BAKING SODA

  • Into a small dish or container pour some baking soa.
  • Dampen with water your toothbrush.
  • In the baking soda dip the toothbrush and get as much baking soda to stick to it as possible.
  • For two minutes brush your teeth.
  • For 20 seconds brush the tongue.  On the tongue live many germs.
  • Rinse it with warm water

Sources:

http://livingtraditionally.com/

http://www.healthandhealthyliving.com/

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