Why Should You Brush with Sea Salt and Baking Soda?

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Curejoy Expert Janardhana Hebbar Explains:

Sea salt and baking soda have been long used as treatments for strong teeth and healthy gums. Calcium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus, sodium, nickel, iron—just a few of many trace elements and minerals found in sea salt.

These nutrients strengthen gums, protect against tarter and bad breath, and may even whiten your teeth over time. High in iodine, sea salt has antibacterial properties and helps neutralize acids in the mouth. Salt makes you salivate, thus creating an antibacterial barrier that protects your enamel.

You can dip a wet toothbrush into a half teaspoon of sea salt and brush your teeth as you regularly would or use a rinse with a saltwater solution. Mix a half teaspoon of sea salt with four ounces of warm water. Let the salt dissolve, and then slosh the solution around in your mouth for 30 seconds. Be sure to spit and not swallow the rinse. Saltwater rinse helps allay swollen, inflamed gums and rinses away bacteria in the mouth.

Baking soda has long been praised as the natural way to whiten teeth. It’s gritty enough to clean your teeth of tarter and plaque without being so abrasive that it wears away your tooth enamel. It is highly alkaline, and as such counteracts acids in the mouth (acids cause tooth decay), kills bacteria and germs, and combats bad breath.

You can mix baking soda with water into a paste-like consistency to clean teeth. Or you can combine baking soda and salt to make your own homemade toothpaste. If you aren’t comfortable ditching your traditional toothpaste entirely, brush with sea salt and baking soda once or twice a week as supplemental dental care.


Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Jody Cotter
Jody Cotter 5pts

Thats what everyone used when I was a child

Judy Way
Judy Way 5pts

I've started doing this and my teeth are whiter than they have been for ever.

ScottandDiana Lane
ScottandDiana Lane 5pts

I can't open or the page one can I install curejoy on my tablet (iPad) Any suggestions?

Wendy Richardson
Wendy Richardson 5pts

This sounds painful but i do remember my grandfather doing this and telling us to do the same.

April Buford-Clark
April Buford-Clark 5pts

Yeah that does sound a little interesting. I've been using baking soda and coconut oil and it has been doing great on my teeth and gums and breath. Try a couple detoxes u might need to flush out so germs that are in your blood stream. Which in affect might be fighting the healing that your body is trying to accomplish. Stay encouraged. Peace

Linda Rosamond
Linda Rosamond 5pts

I use just plain baking soda. Works for me, helps my gums and cleans my teeth. My mother used it when growing up and never had a cavity until she started using toothpaste.

Donna Bobb
Donna Bobb 5pts

pure baking soda and sea salt. The alcohol in toothpaste actually enhances bad breath and corrodes the enamel on teeth.

Harsiese Utasu
Harsiese Utasu 5pts

Oh dear god please don't. You will wear all your gums and enamel away. This is far too abrasive. Then you'll have to pay thousands in grafting gum tissue to get things repaired. Not to mention, fillings, crowns ect. I see this all the time in my practice.

Andrea Lamb
Andrea Lamb 5pts

Why do all the links just take me to the cure joy site instead of the article its advertising? I have the app too and it's a little confusing

Sheila Platt
Sheila Platt 5pts

I do peroxide and baking soda to help brighten my teeth and get rid of bacteria in your mouth

Joyce Noni A. Johnson-Mullen
Joyce Noni A. Johnson-Mullen 5pts

I was told by a dentist years ago that salt is too abrasive and would wear away the enamel. .... Yes? No?

Joyce Noni A. Johnson-Mullen
Joyce Noni A. Johnson-Mullen 5pts

I can't imagine anything in that mixture that would be abrasive to your gums. Salt. But you didn't say you used salt. Sounds like your gums might be squishy or soft. May I suggest putting coconut oil in your mouth....swish it around. ...try holding it for 3-5 minutes. Also same with hydrogen peroxide several times a day. I found cell salts by Hyland for Periodontal issues helped my condition a LOT....just 1/day. Bingo! Is great stuff.

Micky Colvin
Micky Colvin 5pts

Tried to use a mix of baking soda, coconut oil, and peppermint oil and found it extremely abrasive on my gums. Had to stop using it almost immediately.

KentClark1 5pts

I didn't realize that baking soda and sea salt had calcium. Apparently, those things are very good for your teeth. Further, the other nutrients cure bad breath. I'll have to do some more research about this combination ingredients for toothpaste. Maybe I should test it some time. http://www.cretzmeyer.com 

reginamariepeterson 5pts

I have been hearing a lot about baking soda. There was an older lady that I talked to who said I should try it out and see if I like it. Do you just use baking soda or do you add something else? http://www.innesdentalclinic.com