Whitening Teeth with Baking Soda
Baking soda can be used, and is widely used, for teeth whitening – even some toothpaste brands are regularly incorporating baking soda as one of the ingredients into their products. Thus, whitening teeth with baking soda is fairly common and safe procedure – if following advices given in this article.
Several studies have shown that toothpastes containing baking soda have a better whitening and plaque removal effect than toothpastes without it. List of papers with these studies can be found on Wikipedia pages on Sodium Bicarbonate. Except for toothpastes, baking soda is also contained in some mouthwashes.
How does whitening teeth with baking soda work?
The principle of baking soda teeth whitening is mostly physical: abrasiveness of the baking soda can physically remove surface stains, debris, blemishes and plaque elements that had developed on the teeth.
Baking soda is easily dissolvable in water, which allows it to penetrate more deeply into the hard-to-reach places in your mouth, in comparison to some other abrasives.
Furthermore, baking soda also neutralizes acid production in the mouth, and acts as an antiseptic – thus preventing infections.
Do not rely on the baking soda alone for keeping the teeth healthy.
Risks, dangers and reported cataclysms on using baking soda for teeth whitening
You should not rely on the baking soda alone for keeping the teeth healthy, because it does not possess plaque fighting abilities. For this particular fight, fluoride is needed, which is the ingredient commonly found in many toothpastes.
You will learn that the teeth whitening procedure with baking soda is fairly simple and cheap, but you need to be aware of the following risks:
RISK #1: Baking soda is abrasive and if you are using it too frequently and too hard, it can damage teeth’s enamel! This could lead to teeth hypersensitivity. Use 1 or maximum 2 times per week.
RISK #2: Baking soda can dissolve orthodontic glue. It is not recommended to use this method if you have a permanent retainer, or braces.
There are two ways you can use soda for teeth whitening: using your DIY toothpaste, or in combination with your everyday toothpaste.
Whitening teeth with baking soda METHOD 1: Make your own toothpaste!
- Pour 1 teaspoon of baking soda into cup, glass or some small bowl.
- Add a pinch of salt.
- Add small amount of water and mix the ingredients to create a paste.
- Brush your teeth for about 2 minutes.
- Rinse your mouth clean with water.
- Optional: If you are uncomfortable with the potentially remaining taste of baking soda, use mouthwash to remove the unwanted taste.
… METHOD 1: Faster version
- Wet the toothbrush with water.
- Dip the toothbrush directly into baking soda so all of the toothbrush bristles become white.
- Brush your teeth, rinse with water.
NOTE: Tingling sensation is normal. Nevertheless, your gums may hurt by using this method, so if it is the case, use the METHOD 2 instead. HINT: If you want the mint flavour, dip the toothbrush into the mountwash BEFORE applying baking soda.
Whitening teeth with baking soda METHOD 2: Regular toothpaste + baking soda
- Squeeze some toothpaste on the toothbrush as you would usually do.
- Sprinkle 1 small spoon of baking soda over the toothpaste on the toothbrush.
- Brush yout teeth as usual.
- Rinse your mouth clean with water.
NOTE: Use of soft toothbrushes is recommended for these whitening techniques. NOTE: Do not keep the baking soda in the bathroom because of the high humidity levels. Baking soda also neutralizes bacterial acids and other components that cause bad breath. So, besides whitening teeth with baking soda, you can use it to keep your mouth fresh for several hours after brushing.