Baking soda for teeth and skin health

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    Dec 09, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    I have been using baking soda as a mouth wash / tooth paste ... and body wash for 4 years with amazing results: not a single cavity in 4 years where i had a cavity every year before. And my skin is squeaky clean.

    Have you used baking soda for cleaning vegies? the vegies are squeaky clean too. In fact I stopped buying all them toxic chemicals for cleaning around the house. Baking soda and vinegar is an amazing cleaner. They should teach this is HS chemistry or home economics.
  • Kriss

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    Dec 09, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    I used baking soda for my teeth once....then some girl said my teeth looked extra shiny. I was flattered but then someone told me baking soda was bad for the teeth in some shape or another then I got very nervous about using it.

    That was way back in elementary school, I gave it up for awhile and recently jumped back into using it. My teethseem happy enough and my dentist said looks like I'll be having teeth for a long time. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 09, 2012 6:34 AM GMT
    I brush my teeth with a bit of baking soda once a week as a gentle way to whiten my chompers. Of course, the effectiveness is very gradual and subtle and doesn't produce dramatic results like other whitening products products. However, it's always worked well enough for me to remove coffee stains and such.

    Rinsing and gargling with baking soda and warm water is actually more effective at getting rid of bad breath than most commercial mouthwashes. It doesn't leave a refreshing taste in your mouth like the other stuff, but it does a great job at eliminating odors from strong foods. I always do that after eating something spicy or with a lot of garlic.

    I have read conflicting information about brushing teeth with baking soda on a daily basis. Some sources say it's a cheap and natural alternative to toothpaste, while others say the abrasiveness of baking soda can actually damage enamel over time. I'm not sure what to believe.
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    Dec 09, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    You can use baking soda as a shampoo as well.. It's very popular in the no poo movement.. I did it once but I use shampoo bars from chagrinvalley.. Waaay better now. icon_smile.gif

    As for baking soda and teeth.. They should be good but.. It's pretty harsh on the gums.
  • ParkerDLamb

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    Dec 09, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    I occasionally do a baking soda face mask made with just baking soda, water, and sometimes (if I have any) tea tree oil. Works amazing!
    Baking soda is one of those inexpensive staples that is good for so many things.
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    Baking soda is great for changing the alkalinity of your skin, but in excess it may do more harm than good. Bacteria colonies (acne) may grow easier on skin that has a higher pH (that's why the skin feels soft and 'squeaky'). There's been such a movement to non-detergent cleansers in order to avoid changing the skin's natural pH.

    I only use it to neutralize TCA acid on my face, and in the hair it's great in removing build-up because it blows open the cuticle so effectively without heat and ammonia.

  • Flamesoul

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    Dec 11, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    Damn guys, where did you all learn stuff about this ?
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    Dec 25, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    deltalimen saidBaking soda is great for changing the alkalinity of your skin, but in excess it may do more harm than good. Bacteria colonies (acne) may grow easier on skin that has a higher pH (that's why the skin feels soft and 'squeaky'). There's been such a movement to non-detergent cleansers in order to avoid changing the skin's natural pH.

    I only use it to neutralize TCA acid on my face, and in the hair it's great in removing build-up because it blows open the cuticle so effectively without heat and ammonia.

    Thx for this tip. I use baking soda for shower and bath, alternating with high grade skin cleanser with aloe extract that leaves the skin even more "squicky" clean. Even soft soap are too harsh for my skin and irritate my skin. Baking soda clean up oily skin especially well.

    Making a bottle of baking soda in water for mouth rinse is the most effective mouthwash. No more cavities... not a surprise as baking soda kill germs more effective than all the mouthwash I used, and no alcohol burns or bad tasting chemicals.
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    Most folks don't get cavities any more not just because of toothpaste X but because public water supplies have been fluoridated for several decades now. It's the water, silly.
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:22 AM GMT
    Those straight guys are going to be so jealous of our pearly white teeth and squeaky clean skin.
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:42 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidMost folks don't get cavities any more not just because of toothpaste X but because public water supplies have been fluoridated for several decades now. It's the water, silly.


    Fluoride, like any other heavy metal, is a neuro toxin. It has no business being added to drinking water when toothpaste, mouthwash, whitening strips, and etc already all have fluoride in them.
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    Dec 25, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    Animus said
    chuckystud saidMost folks don't get cavities any more not just because of toothpaste X but because public water supplies have been fluoridated for several decades now. It's the water, silly.


    Fluoride, like any other heavy metal, is a neuro toxin. It has no business being added to drinking water when toothpaste, mouthwash, whitening strips, and etc already all have fluoride in them.


    I thought the only known side effect was dental fluorosis....icon_eek.gif
  • kietkat

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    Dec 25, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    Baking soda aka bicarbonate neutralizes acid generated from bacteria on teeth. Fluoride is also effective since it has a high affinity for acidic protons. I use bicarbonate only in the lab as a base wash for organic synthesis which makes me a bit weary to use it at home but I know ppl that swear by it.