Recent research results* published by the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) provided an update on the benefits of baking soda toothpastes and dental health.
Toothpastes are known to help prevent decay and reduce periodontal disease when used as instructed. Toothpastes can also act as a “carrier” of ingredients that can reduce tooth sensitivity and stain.
Toothpastes with baking soda are safe to use, less abrasive than other toothpastes regularly sold, and with recent improvements to the formulas they taste better too!
Research results include:
1. The abrasiveness of baking soda toothpastes is low, when compared to other toothpastes that contain calcium carbonate, anhydrous dicalcium phosphate and calcium pyrophosphate
2. The plaque acidity in our mouths is reduced when patients brush with baking soda toothpaste, so this reduces the chance of cavities developing
3. The bacteria in our mouths that can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease are weakened, and cause less plaque to form when patients brush with baking soda tooth paste.
4. The effect of baking soda toothpastes has been shown to be beneficial to our gums, however “clinical data have shown variable results because of variation across studies in baking soda formulations…” Additional studies would be helpful here to confirm how helpful baking soda can be in gingival health.
5. The safety of baking soda toothpastes have been well-documented, in laboratory and clinical studies. They are safe to use for those on low-salt diets, and they do not contribute to tooth-sensitivity.
6. The esthetic benefit- stain reducing and whitening properties (when used as instructed by your friends at ARO-OSL!)
For all our patients and families-stuff your stockings with toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste! See you at your next visit!
*Ref: JADA 148 (11 supp) http://jada.ada.org November 2017