Baking soda works as a natural toothpaste to protect the teeth and gums, offering teeth-whitening capabilities without the chemicals, additives, or dyes often used in commercial toothpastes.
Most recipes advise combining water, baking soda, and a few drops of peppermint oil for the usual minty flavor of toothpaste. Some recipes also include hydrogen peroxide and/or finely-ground sea salt. Lynnette Walczak at the Fun Times Guide
advises alternating between dry brushing and baking soda toothpaste to protect the enamel. Dry brushing involves sprinkling baking soda powder onto your toothbrush and brushing as usual.
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Popular alternative medicine proponent Dr. Joseph Mercola says
you can bring long-lasting protection to your teeth and gums by preventing plaque with baking soda as a natural toothpaste.
Mercola recommends a mixture that is effective in killing harmful bacteria, which can attack the teeth and gums. He recommends using six parts of baking soda to one part sea salt, and mixing in a blender for 30 seconds.
Place the mixture in a container and then wet the tip of the index finger to gather a small amount of the mixture. Apply the small amount to the gums, moving from the upper outside gums to the inside of the upper gums. Do the same to the lower outside and inside of the gums. Rub the mixture on your gums and teeth and spit out any excess amount. Allow 15 minutes before rinsing your mouth.
Mercola also provides an alternative teeth whitener approach. Mix one crushed ripe strawberry with a half-teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture on your teeth, leaving it on for about five minutes. Brush your teeth and rinse. Mercola stresses that this method should be used no more than once a week to keep the teeth white but avoid damage to the tooth enamel.
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