By Beverly Sandlin,
Baking soda is a saliva buffer and neutralizes plaque acids, remember that it has a very alkaline pH of about 8 with 7 being neutral.
I can tell you these things from personal experience, and of course not everyone is the same.
Teeth whitening – Try it! Give it just 3 days twice a day and you will see brighter white teeth! Honest!
Toothpaste – It is often recommended that you mix 1:1 baking soda and salt in a small container and dip your wet toothbrush in that and brush. Then just rinse with water. OR, you can create a little rinse of ½ t. of baking soda and ½ t. of salt in water, dip your brush in that as a less abrasive concoction and also rinse your mouth with it.
Toothbrush – Use a SOFT brush or none at all. Oh my, no toothbrush?! Yes, especially if you have receding gums (I do.) just lick your finger, dip it into the baking soda, or baking soda and salt mixture, and gently scrub your teeth, gums and tongue. Then rinse vigorous with plain water. As we get older, spaces open between our teeth (possibly bone loss) and this baking soda rinse is absolutely critical to keeping acid loving bacteria from attacking your teeth. I truly believe in flossing!
Baking soda deodorizes so you will have a clean, fresh mouth.
My experience is that it desensitizes sensitive teeth (but keep your mouth shut when it is -30 anyway) better than Sensodine or whatever that high priced toothpaste is.
AND it actually appears to repair enamel damage to the teeth from consuming acidic foods and drinks – coffee, tea, pop, alcohol, meats, acidic fruits, etc.
And if you scrub your tongue really good with baking soda, it may even open up whole new taste sensations, just sayin”…
Dentures, false teeth, retainers or pretty much anything you put in your mouth can be cleaned by just putting 2 t. of baking soda in a small bowl of water and letting them sit for a few minutes then rinse thoroughly – wow, no more denture tablets! You can also clean and whiten them if you brush them GENTLY, as false teeth are 10x softer than real teeth. Remember that baking soda deodorizes and cleans.
And talk about dentures, if you are having a hard time getting accustomed to the fit the old adage is to rinse your mouth several times a day with a teaspoon of salt in water to “toughen” them. If you rinse several times a day with a teaspoon of baking soda in water (it is very salty) it will not only toughen your gums, but keep sores from becoming infected, give you fresh breath, and keep cavities at bay.
Abscessed teeth – Lordy this even rivals severe back pain! Rinse several times a day with baking soda water and it may stop the infection or at least keep it in check enough for you to wait for the dentist to pull the tooth. BTW, abcessed teeth can kill you if the infection spreads to the brain, and they are in close proximity.
There is anecdotal evidence that a strong baking soda rinse helps to cure mouth cancers. But of course no drug company would make money from this, so no studies are performed.
Prepper Tip: Consider a ziplock baggy or unused prescription bottle of baking soda in your bug out bag or get home bag. Combine with a clean finger and some water to rinse and you have an inexpensive and effective toothpaste and mouthwash.
Oral Thrush is most often seen in infants, but it can present in children and adults as well. It is a fungus infection called candidiasis. It usually shows up on the roof of the mouth, but may also attack the tongue and gums. It usually looks like small white spots, but can present as larger, cottage cheese like puss bags. For older children and adults just rinse 4 to 6 times a day with this mix to relieve the pain and cure it. If you are brushing and rinsing with baking soda, no fear as you will never get mouth thrush.
¼ t. baking soda
1 cup water – mix well
Add 1 drop of ivory dish soap or similar – the soap helps the baking soda to absorb into the skin.
Mix well again.
For babies, pour the mix onto a clean cloth and gently dab it in the mouth on the pussy areas and the tongue 4 to 6 times a day until the thrush has cleared up. Critical to cure this in babies because they may refuse to eat due to the pain associated with oral thrush.
Side Note: I’ve lost most of my back teeth not due to cavities, but unintentionally grinding my teeth in my sleep – can we say stress… A $2 football mouthguard dropped into boiling water and then formed to your teeth by biting it while still very warm does wonders. I found this out a little too late for my teeth, but it may help someone else.
Got anything else to share as it relates to oral health and baking soda?