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Tuesday Tip: An Alternative to Toothpaste

As you get older, you realize why your mum nagged you to brush your teeth twice a day and especially after having dessert. Dealing with visits to the dentist are always surrounded by the anxiety of new cavities being found or your dentist reprimanding you for your sub par dental hygiene habit.

I haven’t had too much trouble with my teeth but one thing that has always bothered me is yellow teeth. I’m a coffee addict and during my early 20s, I needed 4-5 cups of coffee a day to survive. Combine this with my sensitivity to professional whitening products, I’ve always been searching for an easier solution. Enter¬†baking soda!

Baking soda is often used as a cleaning/scrubbing agent in commercial toothpaste found in the supermarket. When used on the teeth, it makes a nice foaming agent that gets rid of plaque or other build-up on the teeth. As it scrubs away stains, it leaves your teeth whiter. I’ve been using this for a few months now and with regular usage, the effect is noticeable.

The best way to use it is to wet your toothbrush and then add about half a teaspoon of baking soda to your brush. Brush as normal focusing on the front teeth and the molars as well. It can taste quite salty so make sure you rinse well after brushing. Baking soda can be quite abrasive to the enamel so its best to limit usage to a few times a week.

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This is our weekly section – TUESDAY TIP. No matter where you work, Tuesdays tend to be the dullest day of the week. To combat the general “meh”-ness, we bring to you a quick tip to perk up your day!

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