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Baking soda's odor-inhibiting and acid-neutralizing properties are well-known to grandmothers and
dentists alike. Because it is a mild abrasive, baking soda is also effective in removing plaque when used in
conjunction with a responsible brushing regimen.
For many years, the form of baking soda most widely available for consumer products was manufactured
from refined minerals that were mined from the earth. While this form of baking soda is natural, it requires
several processing steps to create. Tom's of Maine Peppermint Baking Soda toothpaste was developed and brought
to market at a time when this form of baking soda was the only commercially viable source.
Tom's we are always searching for natural ingredients that are minimally processed. Our Research and Product
Development Team has found that it is now possible to obtain commercial quantities of food-grade nahcolite, a
naturally occurring form of baking soda. Consequently, we formulate our baking soda toothpaste and mouthwash
to include nahcolite, the most natural form of baking soda available.
Baking soda has no known toxicity or carcinogenicity. It has a long history of safe use and is
Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals
may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if
you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual
Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), commonly known as baking soda, is a time-honored odor absorber and acid
neutralizer. Baking soda can be found as a naturally occurring compound, but is more frequently manufactured
from other naturally derived materials. Baking soda can be produced by the reaction of carbon dioxide and soda
ash, a naturally occurring mineral.
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