Toothpaste is a paste or gel used with a toothbrush to clean and maintain the health and looks of teeth. Toothpaste works on a several levels: as an abrasive, to remove dental plaque and food particles from teeth; assists in the elimination and/or masking of halitosis; and it provides active ingredients such as fluoride or xylitol to prevent tooth and gum decay.
Commercially prepared toothpastes contain various chemicals and they can be even toxic when ingested. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate, is a chemical compound often used in toothpastes. A paste made from sodium bicarbonate and a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, known as baking soda toothpaste, can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes.
Benefits of baking soda toothpaste
Baking soda toothpaste has a wide range of benefits to teeth and mouth health in general. This natural ingredient is great in both cleaning and whitening teeth. Baking soda is very beneficial when it comes to restoring optimum pH balance in the mouth. Balancing the alkali-acid base in the mouth can prevent formation of the cavities, gum diseases and leaves ones breath fresh.
Baking soda is a natural cleanser powerful against various stains and odors. It is completely harmless to human, animals and environment. Moreover, it is cheap and widely available and can even serve as a complete substitute for commercially prepared toothpaste. Many people use baking soda to save money and maintain good health.
One of the main advantages of baking soda, over the ordinary silica, is that it breaks down into small particles and deeply penetrates the teeth cervices to reach food and stubborn stains. Dental experts agree that using a baking soda and flossing regularly is sufficient for a complete teeth care at home. However, these routines should be combined with periodical visits to the dental office, at least two times a year.
Make your own baking soda toothpaste
Baking soda toothpaste is a great alternative to commercial toothpastes. Commercial teeth care products are often full of chemicals, coloring agents and often too harsh for the delicate tooth enamel. Home-made baking soda toothpaste is a great completely natural product that can make one’s tooth cleaner and brighter.
To make baking soda toothpaste mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 1/4 tsp of hydrogen peroxide, adding a drop of peppermint oil. Lemon zest can also be used as an alternative to peppermint, to add a refreshing lemon fragrance. Everything should be combined in a food processor, applied on a brush and used on the teeth.