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Can Baking Soda Whiten Teeth?

When it comes to teeth whitening, most people are understandably flustered by all the options and information. Some people are turning to baking soda to whiten their chompers.

THE QUESTION…

Can baking soda really whiten teeth and does it pose a threat to enamel?

WHY BAKING SODA IS USED FOR TEETH WHITENING

Baking soda has the potential to whiten teeth in a couple ways. This substance is abrasive so it is capable of eliminating built-up plaque along teeth. Furthermore, baking soda's alkaline powder will eliminate discolorations. In a nutshell, baking soda can whiten teeth by only eliminating surface stains instead of those that are deeply-set beneath the uppermost layer.

ARE THERE RISKS IN USING BAKING SODA TO WHITEN TEETH?

Since baking soda is considered a base, plenty of people combine it with something acidic like lemon juice or vinegar. The problem with this approach is the acid has the potential to wear away at the protective enamel and calcium that make teeth strong. If the enamel is damaged, it will spur sensitivity and heighten the chances of cavities. Combining baking soda with something acidic has the potential to irritate the gums. At most, people should only use baking soda once per week. Otherwise, there is the potential to damage the teeth.

USING BAKING SODA FOR WHITENING WITHOUT CAUSING DAMAGE

If you are insistent on using baking soda to whiten your teeth, mix it with water to form a paste. As soon as you make the mixture, apply it directly to the teeth with a toothbrush for a couple of minutes. Be sure to coat all of your teeth with this paste. If you use this method, do not leave any leftover baking soda in your mouth.

Rinse out your mouth with water or mouthwash to eliminate all excess baking soda. This way, there will not be any potential for baking soda to ruin your tooth enamel or compromise your oral health in any other fashion.

WHAT DO DENTISTS THINK OF BAKING SODA FOR TEETH WHITENING?

While some dentists recommend baking soda, it is not a truly effective solution for removing stains below the surface of the enamel. This means baking soda is only capable of whitening teeth by a couple shades. The best approach is to use an at-home teeth whitening kit that includes customized trays along with a percentage of carbamide peroxide deemed acceptable by your dentist.

BAKING SODA IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR TOOTHPASTE

Baking soda does not have fluoride so it is not capable of cleaning your teeth. So do not assume you are whitening your teeth and cleaning them at the same time while using baking soda. It is still necessary to use regular toothpaste. However, if you have braces with an orthodontic retainer or if you rely on a permanent retainer, you should not brush with baking soda as it will soften the glue.

For more information on dental hygiene tips or to schedule an appointment with Sendero Dental Studio, request an appointment in our Rancho Mission Viejo dental office here: https://senderodental.com. Or call us at (949) 204-3761.

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