Baking soda is used for many natural health remedies, from soothing sore throats to calming heartburn, but the neutralizing effects of sodium bicarbonate can also freshen breath when used as a mouthwash.
Baking soda can help get rid of bad breath by balancing the pH levels in your mouth. Dynamic Dental in Massachusetts recommends
mixing half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water for a bad breath-busting mouthwash.
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This mixture, made with a full teaspoon or two, may also help relieve canker sores, according to Dynamic Dental.
Always spit out any excess of a baking soda formula. It contains sodium and is sometimes consumed in small amounts for heartburn or stomach problems, so people on a sodium-restricted diet should check with their doctor before using any baking soda remedies.
Baking soda's cleansing properties also work to clean any oral appliances, such as dentures, mouthpieces, or retainers.
A baking soda rinse may also be effective in helping to whiten teeth. "The action of baking soda is not to bleach the teeth, but instead actually helps to break the bonds that stain molecules on the teeth," according to Livestrong
. "This makes the stains appear less noticeable."
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