Have you ever tried brushing your teeth with baking soda and sea salt? If not, you have probably been avoiding it because of a very popular misconception. It’s been said for years that baking soda is too abrasive for your teeth and will destroy your tooth enamel. But there could be nothing further from the truth. Baking soda is actually one of the best things you can use for your teeth and gums. Baking soda has been used as a tooth cleanser for over 150 years. Did you know that when a toothpaste is produced it must get FDA approval before it can be sold to the public? Toothpastes are first rated according to their abrasiveness. This is called the RDA value or “Relative Dentin Abrasiveness”. It’s measured on a scale from 0 to 200. According to the chart, is actually less abrasive than all toothpastes. Pure baking soda has an RDA of 7. The closest RDA to this is 35, which is Arm & Hammer toothpaste (which in fact is made with baking soda).
Baking soda and Sea Salt For Strong and Healthy Teeth
- Crush 1tsp salt to make it more gentle for the teeth. This makes the salt less abrasive on the teeth.
- Add 2 tsp. baking soda and stir the two ingredients well with a spoon.
- Wet your toothbrush and dip it in the salt and baking soda mixture. Brush the teeth as usual. Rinse with water.
Salt Water Mouth Rinse (for sore gums, mouth, or throat)
½ cup warm water
½ teaspoon sea salt (here)
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Mix water, sea salt and baking soda and stir until dissolved
Take a mouthful and gently swish it your mouth (or gargle) then spit it out.