Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Baking soda - does it really help for teeth whitening?

 You probably have baking soda at your home and chances are you're using it for cooking, eliminating smells, even cleaning carpets and some stains on your clothes. But did you know it is also used for teeth whitening? My guess - yes, there're countless articles, social media posts and Youtube videos about its whitening effect on your teeth.

So why exactly people believe that the baking soda whitens your teeth. Well, baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is composed of a chemical compound that turns it into wonderful mild abrasive. That's why it can remove surface stains from your teeth and they look whiter after brushing them with soda. 

You should know though that deeper, older stains cannot be removed with baking soda and you'll have to choose another teeth whitening product or see your dentist for consultation.
However, before you jump to brushing your teeth with baking soda, you need to take into account that it also has some side effects. If you use it for a long period of time, it can damage the enamel of your teeth. It doesn't contain fluoride that prevents cavities, so make sure you brush your teeth with regular toothpaste as well. And just forget about using it if you have braces that contain orthodontic glue - baking soda soften the glue and you can cause some serious problems and additional visits to your dentist.

Some of the benefits of using baking soda for teeth bleaching:

1. Healthier oral pH - the pH in our mouth determines what populations of bacteria flourish in our mouth. The lower the pH, the greater the risk of cavities. Using baking soda, with a pH of 8.3, it gently creates more healthier environment.
2. Less bad bug count - some researches show that using baking soda can help in lowering the count of bad bugs in our mouth.
3. Baking soda fights bad breath - we all want to have nice and fresh breath. While using a gum can quickly solve this issue, it's just temporary. Some people have noticed that apart from teeth whitening and polishing, baking soda can improve the breath as well.

Tips for using baking soda

Below you can find some ideas how to brush your teeth with baking soda. But it is very important to remember that you should not brush with baking soda more than twice per week because if you do, you can damage the enamel of your teeth.

Just baking soda  - wet the toothbrush and then dip it into the baking soda. Once all the bristles are covered with the powder, brush your teeth for two minutes. Rinse with water and make sure to brush with toothpaste after.

Baking soda with toothpaste - mix baking soda, toothpaste and water to create a paste. Brush your teeth with this paste for 2 minutes. Rinse your mouth with water.
Baking soda with strawberries - strawberries are know for their teeth whitening properties and combining them with baking soda is a good and tasty idea. Mash on fresh strawberry and mix it with baking soda. Use the paste to brush your teeth. Rinse with water.

And if you think that baking soda is not the correct way to whiten you teeth and that the possible side effects are bigger than the benefits, you can always try a toothpaste that contains baking soda. Some of the products you can try:

Crest Baking Soda And Peroxide Whitening With Tartar Protection Fresh Mint Flavor Toothpaste

ARM & HAMMER Advance White Baking Soda & Peroxide Toothpaste, Extreme Whitening

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