Polish The Teeth

 February is a fast month and it's closing in! If I'm going to make my 10 steps and tips on oral hygiene before the end of this month I better get to it!

Baking soda (bicarbonate - I'll put this in here because I used to think it meant for baking powder) as probably most of you know is used as a natural whitener, not only in DIY but also in regular toothpastes. But as we also know, regular toothpaste contains more chemicals than good old water and baking soda.

I've only brushed with baking soda for a couple of weeks, and I'm also putting my hubby to the test, because he's got some pretty yellow teeth that could benefit from some polish...
I've definitely seen some whitening happen in my lower jaw where they look more yellow. I also do love the clean feel after brushing, it can't compare with toothpaste.
 
WHY IS IT GOOD
Baking soda has been shown to neutralize acids in the mouth, which reduces the amount of acid-loving bacteria that cause cavities; it's high in alkaline minerals just like our saltwater mouthwash.
 
WHEN TO USE
There's different sources saying whether it's safe to use baking soda everyday or occasionally; many doctors say it's too abrasive to be used regularly. I myself, see it from a personal view, I've got pretty sensitive teeth and so I rather take caution to this. Some sources say you should start with one time per week, and then build it up. But for the last couple of weeks I've felt fine with once per week, just as I only scrub my face once a week.
I'm not really recommending how often you should brush with baking soda, that's personal, except that you should try it.
 
EXTRAS
You could also just dry brush with an electrical toothbrush and to make it even more potent add a few drops essential oils for healthy gums.

Do you use baking soda regularly in your routine?
How often do you brush with it?
Anyone had a bad reaction to it?

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