Baking soda toothpaste is one of the many options of toothpastes we have available at our local supermarket or chemist. However with so many toothpastes to choose from, which toothpaste is the best and what is the difference between them all. If you look closely at the ingredients of a tube of toothpaste, familiar chemicals such as fluoride, and sodium lauryl sulfate will appear. However these chemicals can be toxic to humans, especially children. So what are the alternatives we have with toothpaste? Amongst the towers of toothpastes you see in the shopping aisle you’ll almost always see toothpaste which contains baking soda. So what’s the big deal with using baking soda in toothpaste and why should we buy it?
Baking soda is a naturally occurring mineral which is easily dissolved in water and often used in medicine, cooking, organic pesticides and cleaning. It can be found naturally in organic matter as a way to control pH levels.
As a cleanser, baking soda is extremely effective when used to scrub or brush objects. When used in toothpaste, baking soda penetrates the crevices of teeth while still being gentle on tooth enamel and neutralizing the acidity in the mouth. Because baking soda toothpaste is natural, it is not harmful or toxic compared to most of the commercially available toothpastes. It is vital we brush our teeth regularly maintain personal hygiene and prevent plaque build-up on our teeth. Plaque is caused by bacteria colonizing in your mouth and attaching to the surface of your teeth and because teeth do not have a way of shedding the surface, large amounts of bacteria and germs can stay on your teeth for extended periods. By not brushing or flossing your teeth you increase the risk of bad breath and mouth infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Brushing your teeth regularly with baking soda toothpaste can control plaque build-up and because baking soda is so effective at cleaning surfaces when scrubbing or brushing, it is known for making teeth cleaner, whiter and stain free. Studies have also shown that brushing your teeth with baking soda keeps your teeth healthier by penetrating enamel crevices and removing food particles. Most commercial toothpastes are silica based and cannot reach the small crevices in your teeth thus they are less effective at cleaning the enamel crevices. Silica is used in commercial toothpastes as a whitening agent, however silica is derived from quartz. A very hard and abrasive rock which can abrade softer teeth and wear them down.
Now that you know the benefits of using baking soda toothpaste, please consider using it next time you’re looking at the tower of toothpastes available at your local supermarket or chemist.