For more than 150 years, baking soda has been used as a tooth cleanser. Maybe are not familiar with this because there were rumors that baking soda is abrasive to the enamel.
Well, this is not true. According to its abrasiveness, toothpaste is rated on a scale from 0-200. This is known as Relative Dentin Abrasiveness-RDA.
Pure baking soda has an RDA of 7. Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste is the closest to this pure baking soda with RDA of 35.
There are plenty of reasons why you should use baking soda for brushing your teeth. It can whiten your teeth, remove stains, and will effectively kill bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.
According to a study, brushing with a commercial Arm & Hammer baking soda dentifrice can remove more plaque than brushing with dentifrice that does not contain baking soda.
The aim of this study was to compare dentifrices without baking soda and commercial dentifrices containing 20%-50% baking soda in enhancing plaque removal efficacy of toothbrushing.
Baking soda and your teeth
Sodium bicarbonate is believed to increase the pH in the oral cavity, thus neutralizing the harmful effects of bacterial metabolic acids.
Sodium bicarbonate has an abrasive nature and can remove the plaque layered on the enamel of teeth.
Many tests showed that the abrasiveness of sodium bicarbonate is favorable, having low effect on the overall state of the enamel. So, when used in the proper amount, sodium bicarbonate can act as an effective polishing agent.
Increases calcium uptake by the enamel which strengthens the enamel.
It is scientifically shown that bicarbonate can reduce dental plaque acidity. Its buffering effect can prevent dental cavities. Bicarbonate can inhibit plaque formation on teeth and increase calcium uptake by dental enamel.
The beneficial properties of bicarbonate on teeth are recognized back in October 1985 when tooth powder containing sodium bicarbonate was patented.
How to brush with baking soda
First, you should pour some baking soda into a container or small dish. Dampen your toothbrush with water and dip the toothbrush in the baking soda.
With your toothbrush, you should get as much baking soda as possible. You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes then brush your tongue for 20 seconds because many germs are found on it. Rinse with water.
To summarize, you should stop using commercial toothpaste. They are worthless and extremely toxic.