Everyone learns the importance of brushing their teeth when they are a child. Although toothpaste is a staple of proper dental care, many brand names contain fluoride, colorants, preservatives, and sulfates. Making your own baking soda paste is an effective, healthy, simple and economical alternative to commercial dentifrices that are sold in supermarkets and pharmacies.
Additives for dentifrices
One of the main reasons to make your own baking soda paste is to avoid the additives in commercial dentifrices. Many companies add fluoride to their toothpaste. Although it may help prevent tooth decay, it can also be toxic if swallowed. Triclosan, a banned antibacterial agent for foodstuffs in Europe and in household products in Canada, is added to some dentifrices sold in the United States to prevent gingivitis. According to the Food and Drug Administration website, animal studies have shown that triclosan can alter hormonal regulation and cause resistance to antibiotics. Sodium lauryl sulfate, another chemical found in most toothpastes and laundry detergents.
Benefits of Baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate is a natural mineral that is widely used in cooking and for cleaning and deodorizing. It is also used for multiple health and beauty needs, for example as a remedy for insect bites, alternative deodorant and exfoliating skin. It’s slightly abrasive properties make bicarbonate a good ingredient in toothpaste, as it safely scrapes stains, effectively cleans teeth and helps make them look whiter.
Homemade baking soda paste costs less than purchased. A box of bicarbonate costs about US $ 1, while commercial pasta costs an average of US $ 3 to US $ 6 in pharmacies.
Make Sodium Bicarbonate Toothpaste
To make toothpaste of baking soda, simply add a little water to 1/4 cup of baking soda until a thick paste is made. You can add some salt to make it more abrasive. If the taste of baking soda is too bitter, add a few drops of mint oil or mint extract and a pinch of sweetener powder.
Precautions and advice
Store leftovers from bicarbonate dentifrice in an opaque airtight container in a cool, dry place. Avoid swallowing or ingesting. Although mild, sodium bicarbonate is also abrasive. Use only a small amount to start. If inflammation or tenderness occurs, stop using it and contact your dentist.