Baking soda has been used for many years as a toothpaste and for good reason. Its alkaline nature buffers and neutralizes acids produced from oral plaque. Due to its gritty texture, it has received a bad rap for being abrasive but it is actually less abrasive than a majority of commercial toothpastes.
Since it is messy and most patients do not like the gritty texture it is not used by many. However baking soda rinses are easier to use and can provide substantial benefit. Simply dissolve ½ tsp of baking soda in about 4 oz of water and rinse for about 30 seconds.
Baking soda rinses are good for those who are cavity prone since it is the acid from plaque that erodes away tooth enamel. Rinsing several times a day with baking soda can help to neutralize these acids.
Baking soda can also help to lift some stains from the teeth and can be used to help maintain regular professional cleanings.
For those who like acidic foods and drinks such as citrus juices and sodas, rinsing with baking soda after consumption will help neutralize the acid from these.
For anyone who is vomiting from things such as chemotherapy, acid reflux or even a bad bout of the stomach flu, baking soda rinses can be very helpful especially since even tooth brushing can trigger the gag reflex.
Baking soda rinses are not a substitute for brushing and flossing but should be considered as an adjunct to good oral hygiene.
I hope you found the above information helpful. Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio we believe in educating our patients on all aspects of health to empower them to live healthier and happier lives. It is difficult to be happy when the body is sick, tired or hurting and this includes the oral cavity.
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