Salt, or Sodium Chloride in terms of Chemistry, is considered to be both good and bad for our body. The salt we use at home is a rich source of sodium and it is essential for maintaining blood pressure and a normal fluid balance in the body. Sodium plays an important role in the transmission of nerve impulses in our body.
Moreover, salt is also considered good for our teeth. Nowadays, we see a number of advertisements introducing new kinds of toothpaste containing salt. The demand of salt toothpaste is increasing day by day, only and only because of attractive advertisements. It’s true that salt is beneficial for our teeth but sodium also has negative effects on our teeth.
Let’s discuss the pros and cons of salt in our toothpaste –
- As salt water is a natural disinfectant, it helps cure oral swellings, helps in recovering from recent surgeries carried out in the mouth, cures swollen gums etc.
- Salt increases the pH level of our mouth making it difficult for abrasive bacteria to survive in the basic nature of our mouth.
- Salt is used in toothpaste to avoid dribbling of toothpaste from our mouths and also to cleanse our teeth more effectively.
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- Excessive use of salt in toothpaste can lead to calcium loss and decreases the quality of the teeth. The teeth can even fall off in severe cases!
- Sodium and carbohydrates together give rise to acids harmful for our teeth, and this result into the corrosion of our tooth enamel.
Like always, this article again proves the fact that nothing is all sunshine, everything has its own pros and cons. A limited amount of use of Sodium Chloride in the paste we use is still beneficial than the toothpaste that has an excessive amount of salt. Stay healthy!