I went to my checkup a few weeks after my daughter's and mine didn't turn out as fantastic. I felt I had more plague build-up compared to my previous visit. The dentist was scraping a lot more and longer. He even asked if I flossed daily to which I responded a big yes. He said my gum was healthy but I needed to work on my flossing. This visit was rather disappointing as I was expecting to hear how great both my teeth and gum were.
I can say that brushing with baking soda removes tartar more effectively than with toothpastes. When I run my tongue along my teeth, they were smooth and cleaner as opposed to when I brushed with toothpaste. This is why I was surprised to hear my dentist telling me I had quite a bit of plague buildup. He did mention, however, that certain food especially sugary ones, promote more plague buildup. I do have a sweet tooth and I drink milk tea quite often so he suggested that rinse my mouth afterward.
Since I had just switched over to baking soda for over a little of a month before I went in for my checkup, I have decided to stick to baking soda and see how it goes at my next dental visit. I'll post about it in my future post so you can decide if brushing with baking soda is something you'd like to try.
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Why I Almost Gave Up Using Baking Soda
As we age, our gum and teeth age as well. Of course they do. Did you know that? I certainly didn't! I noticed my gum started to recede slightly in 2 areas and my teeth looked like they were not as thick as before. I learned that toothpaste contains way too many chemicals that alter the composition of the teeth enamel. This altered state does not allow our teeth to naturally remineralize. Our teeth have the amazing ability to remineralize but they can't because of all the chemicals especially fluoride from our toothpaste. The use of fluoride in our water and toothpaste has been widely debated and researched. I don't want to get into the scientific part here but I could tell you the changes in my teeth and gum health after I stopped using toothpaste.
The first day I brushed my teeth with baking soda, I almost gave up. My mouth didn't feel clean and my gum was scratched. I didn't like the way my mouth tasted or felt. I went online and googled about scratched gum from using baking soda. I read some people experienced the same thing. Luckily, I didn't just give up thinking that baking soda was too abrasive. I discovered that I was brushing too hard.
Baking Soda Abrasiveness
When we brush with toothpaste, the foam acts as a buffer so we actually have to brush harder. When you brush with baking soda and water, the brush bristles are directly touching your gum and teeth. There's no foam that acts as a buffer and I learned I was simply brushing too hard which was really bad for my gum. No wonder it started to recede. The baking soda did not scratch my teeth; it was my brushing that scratched it. One surprising fact that I learned was baking soda is actually less abrasive than toothpaste. Who knew? You can take a look at the radioactive dentin abrasiveness index of toothpastes and see where your brand of toothpaste stand.
Aside from using baking soda to brush my teeth, I am also using the Bass BrushingTechnique. It's quite hard to explain. I suggest you watch the video to get a better understanding. The Bass brushing technique basically retrains you to brush with much smaller strokes. You remove plaque and tartar better using this technique. Trust me. The conventional way of brushing doesn't do a great job of cleaning your teeth. If you don't brush well, bacteria that sits around eventually will give you gum problems. Healthy teeth and gum starts from proper brushing!
How To Make Your Own Baking Soda Toothpaste
I don't measure when I prepare my baking soda mix. I put about 3 tablespoons of baking soda, a couple dashes of ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. I used to use pink Himalayas sea salt as pictured but I find the salt takes too long to dissolve. I am using white sea salt now. Sea salt contains minerals and is alkalizing so you should use sea salt and not regular table salt which is heavily processed with virtually all minerals and elements removed.
I put my baking soda mix in a container and scoop half a teaspoon out to brush with. I also dilute my mix with some water. I then dip my toothbrush in the cup for each quadrant I brush. My 9 year old also brushes her teeth with baking soda. She had her semi-annual checkup just 3 weeks after she switched over and the dentist was AMAZED at how clean her teeth were. She didn't need to scrap as hard as before and she was praising what a wonderful job my little one done. My dental check up is coming up next week and I will keep you posted on how it turned out.