Brushing With Salt: Three Factors To Consider In Your Oral Care

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Whether you are moving to a natural lifestyle, DIY-ing your own bath bomb, or looking for the latest life hack for a beautiful smile—you have likely heard about utilising salt from your cupboard. Touted first for its proficiency in flavouring and preserving food, the application of salt has made its way from the kitchen to the bathroom and everywhere in between.

As with any part of your oral care routine, knowledge is power. To help understand the impact of sodium chloride, or table salt, has on your teeth, here are three considerations:

1. Salt as a Key Ingredient

Calcium carbonate, sodium chloride, and salt. These may sound dissimilar, but they all are the same when it comes to your toothpaste. When examining your tube, you will see a list of specially formulated ingredients that help to clean, strengthen and protect your smile. Each element has its function, and salt is no different. The fine, granular nature, when combined with ingredients like fluoride, helps to gently remove stains as an abrasive agent. When making any changes to your toothpaste, it is important to consider all ingredients.

2. Salt Water as a Rinse

If you want to incorporate pure salt into your oral care routine, consider its functionality as a rinsing agent. Capable of increasing your mouth’s pH balance, salt can be used to rinse your mouth when you're suffering from mouth lesions like canker sores, a sore throat, or irritations on the cheek or tongue. You can rinse with salt 2-3 times a day to help improve these oral issues. Mix a half to a full teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and swish around your mouth for about 30 seconds. Salt rinses also alleviate mouth pain, because they decrease inflammation and may help remove some bacteria for temporary relief.

3. Salt in Toothpaste

As far as cleaning and caring for your teeth goes, there are many products that capitalise on salt’s application in oral health. By utilising sodium chloride, or table salt, as an active ingredient, salt toothpaste acts as a gentle abrasive, capable of removing stains from teeth. Salt toothpaste typically contains other useful ingredients, such as glycerine, silica, and resins, that result in a paste-like consistency. This formulated mix of ingredients helps to empower the stain-fighting qualities of the toothpaste while also protecting enamel.

Brushing with Salt Toothpaste vs. Regular Toothpaste

Salt in toothpaste may help remove stains from teeth, but it can also be dangerous for your teeth. If it’s not mixed with the proper ingredients or made as a DIY experiment, salt toothpaste could cause permanent damage to your pearly whites. You’ll want to trust the professionals on this one and keep the DIY projects away from your oral health.Many salt toothpastes are often missing an important ingredient: fluoride. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluoride is the MVP when it comes to preventing cavities and strengthening enamel. So, don’t compromise this important mineral when choosing your toothpaste. Go for a salt toothpaste with fluoride in the mix!USAGE TIP: When you use a regular fluoride toothpaste, wet the brush before you put on the toothpaste. With salt toothpaste, you shouldn’t wet the brush first or the toothpaste won’t stick to it.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

Common Conditions During ADULTHOOD

As we get older, dental care for adults is crucial. Here are a few of the conditions to be aware of:

Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could lead to tooth loss.

Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. About approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue or throat area, and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup.

Dental fillings break down – fillings have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. However, they can last 20 years or longer. When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and bacteria can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.

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