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My recommendation of a toothpaste and mouthwash

January 22, 2008

For the last several years I have had a problem with lots of staining on my teeth. I tried numerous different toothpastes and different whitening mouthwashes, and nothing worked.

Further, I have always been uncomfortable with all the chemicals that are in those toothpastes and mouthwashes.

After my last dentist visit I decided to go back to basics: I would brush my teeth with baking soda (baking soda, not baking soda toothpaste), and I would rinse with Vodka.

I am coming up on my next dentist appointment, and although I have some stain, it is much less than before.

I see three big advantages to using baking soda as the toothpaste and Vodka as the mouthwash:

  • Cost: baking soda costs about 75 cents for a box that lasts 6 months. A cheap bottle of Vodka costs about $8 and lasts about 3 months. This is a lot cheaper than the commercial toothpastes and mouthwashes.  Over the course of a year I will save a considerable amount of money.
  • Less chemicals: baking soda is just sodium hydroxide, and Vodka and just alcohol and water.
  • Effectiveness: I get much less staining with baking soda and Vodka.