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3 Natural Substances That Can Be Used as Toothpaste

by Randy Rodriguez

If you are conscientious about the health of your teeth, you know that regular brushing and flossing is imperative for good oral health. Still, you may want to embrace more natural ways of cleaning your teeth by exchanging a commercial toothpaste with alternatives. Here are a few natural tooth cleaners that you can use when you brush:

Baking Soda

Baking soda, which is probably in your kitchen cupboard at this very moment, is an alkaline powder that can be used as a natural toothpaste. The alkaline nature of baking soda helps it combat oral acid that causes tooth decay.

Each time oral bacteria feed on leftover carbohydrates in your mouth, they release acid as a byproduct of glycolysis. This acid demineralizes and weakens your tooth enamel, making it more susceptible to the development of cavities. Thus, the neutralization of the acid in your mouth is important.

Baking soda has a pH of 8.3. Bases or alkaline substances have a pH that is greater than 7.0, and acids have a pH that is less than 7.0. When a base is mixed with an acid, it raises the pH of the acid and makes it less corrosive. 

To brush with baking soda, simply make a loose paste of the powder by mixing it with water. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush as usual. Be sure that paste is not too stiff. Baking soda can be abrasive to tooth enamel if it is not appropriately diluted.

Turmeric

Turmeric is the orange-yellow spice that is used in many Indian dishes. It is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Thus, brushing with turmeric can discourage gum inflammation and help kill oral bacteria. To brush with the spice, moisten the bristles of your toothbrush with water and dip them into turmeric. Be careful when handling turmeric. Even though it does not stain the teeth, it can quickly turn skin, clothing and counter tops a bright yellow color.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil also makes a great alternative for conventional tooth paste. The oil naturally kills oral bacteria and reduces inflammation. In addition, it helps remove oil-based stains from the teeth. To brush with coconut oil, apply the solid oil to your toothbrush bristles, or if the oil is in a liquid state, dip the head of your brush directly into the coconut oil. Then, brush as usual.

To conclude, you can also make a toothpaste by mixing all three of these ingredients. Experiment and find what you like best. If you are interested in finding more natural ways to care for your teeth, discuss your plans with you dentist. Schedule an appointment with an office like Ottawa Street Dental.

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