Grandma Myths: Salt as a Tooth Whitener - Using salt to get Whiter Teeth

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 05, 2011

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Question: In my family many people brush with salt to whiten their teeth?  Is this a good practice to get white teeth?

Granny’s Myth Debunked

Salt does not make the Teeth Whiter


Hogwash! The bacteria create an acidic environment in the mouth for their own growth. Salt alkalinizes the mouth and hence decreases the bacteria count. So, salt makes your mouth, gums, and teeth cleaner and healthier; not whiter. But be careful, using salt daily will make your gums swell up, so once or twice a week is enough for antibacterial action. Having less bacteria in the mouth would mean less of discolouration anyway!


Inputs received from Men's Health



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  • mani06 Dec 2012

    Stop smoking.u ll get whiter teeth

  • Vijay Singh29 Jan 2012

    I am smoker. how to get white teeth?

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