Whether you know it or not, the commercial toothpastes you have been using all this time pose some health dangers. Like everything else in life, there are safer and better natural options like baking soda and sea salt for brushing your pearly whites.
Brushing your teeth with these two everyday ingredients help strengthen your teeth and gums, provide protection against bad breath and also breaks down any buildup of plaque in the body. No matter if you use them alone or together, both of these ingredients are cheap and time tested to include to your regular dental care routine.
1. Baking soda
Baking soda has always been famous for teeth whitening purposes. Moreover, while it’s grainy enough to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth, they are not coarse enough to wear off the tooth enamel. As sodium bicarbonate is very alkaline, it balances the acids in your mouth which cause decay and helps kill germs and bacteria and fight bad breath.
How to use
You can use baking soda by mixing it with water to form a paste and then cleaning your teeth with it. You can also mix salt and baking soda to make your own homemade toothpaste.
Of course, if you are not happy with the idea of not brushing with your commercial toothpaste, you can always brush with toothpaste every day and brush your teeth with baking soda and sea salt once or twice a week as additional dental care.
2. Sea salt
Sea salt is not just a salt; it contains trace minerals and elements like silicon, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. They help your teeth in more ways than one. They protect your teeth from tarter and bad breath, help strengthen your gums and can even whiten your teeth with long time usage.
In addition to all this, sea salt is naturally high in iodine and has antibacterial properties which help at neutralizing the acids in your mouth. This is because salt makes you salivate and it is your own saliva which creates an antibacterial barrier to protect your enamel.
How to brush with sea salt
There are two ways to do this. You can either dip a wet toothbrush into half a teaspoon of tea salt and brush normally or just rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution. Make this solution by mixing four ounces of warm water with half teaspoon of sea salt and once the salt dissolves, slosh it in your mouth for 30 seconds.
However do not swallow the solution and spit when done. This saltwater rinse also helps reduce any inflammation and swelling in your gums and rinses away any bacteria in your mouth.
There’s no need to worry about side effects while brushing with baking soda and sea salt. This is what Dr. Paul H. Keyes D.D.S. the clinical investigator at the National Institute of Dental Research says. He had asked thousands of dentists and hygienists while lecturing if they knew about any cases of destructive periodontal disease in people who brushed with baking soda and/or sea salt, and no one had. He also claims that the periodontal health in these patients has always been exemplary.