The tooth­paste that heals bleed­ing gums

First For Women - - Health -

Us­ing tooth­paste with bak­ing soda helps ease the pain and bleed­ing of gin­givi­tis. That’s the word from re­searchers re­port­ing in The Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Den­tistry, who found that us­ing a bak­ing soda tooth­paste twice daily re­duced bleed­ing by 47% af­ter six months. The rea­son: Bak­ing soda bal­ances the mouth’s pH and boasts an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties that kill gin­givi­tis-caus­ing bac­te­ria. For an even health­ier smile, use a dry tooth­brush for two min­utes be­fore adding tooth­paste—a strat­egy that’s been shown in other stud­ies to cut gum bleed­ing by 55%.

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