Baking soda – also known as bicarbonate of soda. It is a weak alkaline compound that has a white, crystalline appearance. In fact, baking soda looks similar to washing soda. Baking soda has long been used as an alternative to toothpaste. Many people will admit to brushing teeth with baking soda. Today, many toothpaste manufacturers incorporate baking soda into their formula.
If you’re a low-maintenance type of person, getting white teeth may seem like a bit of a chore. Professional bleaching and whitening kits can be expensive, messy and time-consuming to use. In comparison,baking soda– something most people already have in their kitchens — seems like an attractive whitening alternative.
Baking Soda is a mild abrasive which effectively removes stains caused by tea, coffee, cigarettes, and other things from the teeth. Here are some steps on how to use it.
1. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste. In a small bowl, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of either water or lemon to make it a paste, this way it will be easier to apply. Wipe your teeth and any extra saliva off of them with a paper towel. Put a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush and apply. If it is a bad stain you want to remove, it’s recommend you apply the paste directly to the stain and let it set for about two minutes. Just like with doing the dishes, some stains need a little extra scrubbing. This can also be the case with the stain on your teeth, use a toothbrush or your fingernails to scratch away that last bit of dirt.Alternatively, you can dip a wet toothbrush directly into some baking soda, and the powder will attach itself to the bristles. However, the taste of the baking soda will be very strong if you use this method.
It works to help clean teeth. According to the Journal of Clinical Dentistry (June 2008), brushing teeth with baking soda products was proven more effective than using products without baking soda.
2.Brush your teeth for one to two minutes. Brush your teeth as you normally would, but really concentrate on getting the brush into all the cracks and crevices. Baking soda doesn’t kill bacteria, to prevent cavities you have to brush your teeth with toothpaste after brushing with baking soda. Don’t brush your teeth for any longer than two minutes, as baking soda is a mild abrasive and may begin to erode the enamel on your teeth .Ensure that no sideways destructive brushing occurs, purely up/down.
3.Rinse. Spit out the baking soda and rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash. Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards.
4.Repeat every other day. Repeat the process of brushing your teeth with baking soda every other day for one or two weeks. You will notice a slight difference in the whiteness of your teeth after just a few days, and a substantial difference after a couple of weeks.
After a two weeks of brushing with baking soda every second day, you should cut back to doing it just once or twice a week. This is because the abrasive properties of the baking soda may damage the enamel on your teeth if used too frequently.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice.
Baking soda can also be mixed with fresh lemon or lime juice, as the citric acid in these fruits is an effective bleaching agent. Lemon has excellent teeth bleaching abilities and making a paste is an effective home remedy to whiten teeth.
- Mix lemon juice with baking soda and apply to the teeth.
- Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
- Try this at most once a week as excessive use can harm the enamel and inflame your gums.
Mix the baking soda with toothpaste.
Combine baking soda with toothpaste and water to form a paste. Use this paste to brush teeth for 2 minutes. Rinse mouth with water to get rid of the paste.Alternatively, you can add toothpaste to the toothbrush and then sprinkle baking soda onto the toothpaste.
Mix the baking soda with hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is another great household product that can be used to effectively whiten teeth. Simply mix half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of baking soda into a paste that resembles the consistency of toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this mixture, then let it sit on your teeth for a minute or two. Rinse off with water or mouthwash.
Precautions for Brushing Teeth with Baking Soda
Although baking soda is a natural teeth whitener, there are some negative side effects to brushing with it regularly.
- The abrasive properties of baking soda can cause excessive wear and damage to the enamel of your teeth.The erosion of the enamel can make the teeth more sensitive and more vulnerable to dental cavities. This type of damage is irreversible and can worsen over time.
- Baking soda helps remove plaque, but doesn’t kill any bacteria and that can actually increase cavity formation in your teeth. This is why brushing with regular toothpaste remains important as well.
- Baking soda can weaken the adhesive for those wearing braces or permanent dental appliances. This can result in darker spots appearing on the teeth.
- Occasional use of baking soda is generally safe, but another option is to try a variety of toothpaste brands with mild abrasives instead.
- Never scrub vigorously and if you choose to use baking soda use it no more than a few times a week or less. When using baking soda to brush, 2 minutes is long enough and can prevent excessive wear on the enamel and gums.
It is important to note that on its own, swallowing baking soda will not have deleterious effects on your health.
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