Why Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide?
Why do I use peroxide and baking soda?
I thought about what I was putting into and onto my body after getting very sick when I was 34 years old. I was extremely stressed, throwing up regularly, having lots of stomach issues and my skin erupted into eczema they called it. I had patches of oozing, weeping sores all over my body and face and nothing helped except very strong steroids that I knew were not going to be good for me in the long run. I knew I had to make a change so I looked into my diet and what I was eating because when I ate dairy my skin itched like crazy and the sore would weep almost instantly. After looking at what I was eating, I became interested in products including dental. I am a dental professional after all. Any product that goes into my mouth would eventually make it's way down into my body. So, I cleaned things up and started making my products at home. I started noting what was in our products and thought to myself, "I'm taking preservatives and artificial ingredients out of my diet, why not in the products I use to clean my mouth." So, I started investigating the natural way to keep my mouth clean. Elderly patients and dentists used baking soda and peroxide. After using myself as a lab rat and asking patients what they thought, this is what I came up with. This has been my routine for the past 5 years.
Peroxide is H2O2. Which means water molecule plus an extra oxygen atom. There are no added preservatives, sweeteners, stabilizers, or other artificial ingredients to the mix. Once the oxygen bubble is released there is a byproduct of water. How much more natural can that get?
Baking soda has an alkaline pH. It neutralizes acids and is a very gentle abrasive (see chart below). I recommend baking soda rinses to patients who get a lot of cavities and who have dry mouth. I like to use an aluminum free product called Bob's Red Mill Baking Soda
Here are my suggestions for dental routines:
- Brush teeth with a homemade or a natural toothpaste that doesn't contain sugars like sorbitol.
- Rinse vigorously for 3-5 seconds with a diluted peroxide rinse
- Scrape and clean the tongue of anything lifted from the rinse. I like the BreathRx tongue Scraper
- Rinse well with water
Click here for Homemade recipes for toothpaste and mouth rinse
Chart was acquired from https://www.familydentisttree.com/abrasive-toothpaste-whats-teeth/