With food and personal hygiene supplies being recalled from store shelves across the world it makes the choice to move to natural dental care easier. For some people this natural care choice means using a home remedy approach. Baking soda is the key ingredient of this approach. It serves as a tooth cleanser, odor and bacteria fighter, and even a mouthwash. The uses of baking soda in a dental care plan can actually be very beneficial for the person and the household budget.
A key reason that someone would use baking soda for dental care is to kill bacteria within the mouth. Bacteria can build up in between teeth and along the gum lines and cause not only gum and tooth decay but also odor issues. In fact one of the key compounds that causes bacteria, Volatile Sulfur, can be eliminated with the use of a baking soda and water paste. Using the baking soda will gently and effectively remove current bacteria and help to prevent build up of further bacteria.
Baking soda can also be used as an affordable alternative for a pricey procedure known as teeth whitening. Instead of having chemicals placed on the teeth for a long period of time or having a pricey dental procedure done a person can simply use a baking soda and water mixture. The mixture can be applied as a paste to a toothbrush and used to gently scrub away stains and plague buildup. The baking soda will not cause damage to tooth enamel or to the gum line.
Baking soda can also help with dental care in the aspect of pain management. When there is an infection or mouth pain a rinse of salt, baking soda, and warm water can help to kill bacteria around the infected area and keep the area irrigated until a dentist can be seen.