I was walking down the oral care section of my favorite pharmacy and spent quite a bit of time looking at the numerous varieties of toothpastes from which to choose. Wow! And, you wouldn't believe all the additives in your average tube of toothpaste that don't have anything to do with dental health.
In 1980, while working as a hygienist for a periodontist, we consistently recommended to our patients that they use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to clean their teeth. Our patients who did as we told them experienced less bleeding of their gums, reduced periodontal pockets, less staining (people smoked a lot back then) and overall less sensitivity.
I began wondering if the 30 year old concoction had any new research to support it’s use. I looked at some professional journals and found good evidence to support its use. Even better, hydrogen peroxide helps to whiten teeth too!
To use this combination yourself, take a little bit of baking soda in the palm of your hand; add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide until it makes a paste. Stick your toothbrush into the homemade mixture to get some on it and brush your teeth.
You can even add a drop or two of peppermint oil will make it nice and minty!
Effectiveness of a baking soda toothpaste delivering calcium and phosphate in reducing dentinal hypersensitivity.
J Clin Dent. 2009 ;20(7):203-10.
A four-week clinical study to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of a baking soda dentifrice and an antimicrobial dentifrice in reducing plaque.
Ghassemi A, Vorwerk LM, Hooper WJ, Putt MS, Milleman KR. J Clin Dent. 2008; 19(4):120-6