Baking soda for brushing teeth: pros and cons (2023)

DISCLOSURE:Noelle Copeland RDH is an oral care specialist and dental consultant for Compac Industries' Brilliant and Baby Buddy oral care lines. See conditions below

Baking powder was coined and marketed in the 19th century, but was actually discovered by two American bakers in the 18th century and called "soda ash."

Baking soda is a salt that reacts with an acid to produce carbon dioxide. Although "baking soda" occurs naturally, it is often produced through a mining process. In the United States, commercially processed sodium bicarbonate is extracted from "ore" which is heated until it becomes "soda ash", then carbon dioxide is added to the soda ash, which then creates "soda bicarbonate"! sodium"!

I find this story quite intriguing, I had no idea that baking soda was so... sophisticated and complex.

So what can baking soda do for you besides clean your home or make your homemade cookies and breads soft and fluffy? Well, when it comes to oral care, baking soda is a sentinel when used correctly, so let's talk about the pros and cons of using it.

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Benefits of brushing your teeth with baking soda
  • Reduces plaque and bacteria.
  • Whitens teeth by removing the most superficial stains
  • Leaves teeth feeling smooth and clean.
  • Disrupts biofilm
  • It can be used once or twice a week, but not more.
  • Protects tooth enamel when used correctly
  • neutralizing
  • Help with bad breath
  • Promotes a more alkaline oral environment.
  • Helps treat mouth ulcers.
  • Excellent remedy for stains caused by the consumption of coffee, tea and tobacco

Brushing with baking soda can damage your teeth if not used correctly or too often...and to be honest, if it works...then you may need to step up your home care routine. Baking soda is really just an abrasive agent to scrub the surface of the tooth. It essentially removes the plaque and biofilm you're missing during your regular brushing routine.

**The best way to combat dental stains is with EXCELLENT daily home care before the stain has a chance to take root**

Disadvantages of brushing teeth with baking soda
  • Tastes gritty and feels rough when used
  • It can be overused and damage teeth.
  • is more aggressive
  • Does not contain fluorinexylitol
  • Repeated use can soften some of the dental adhesives used to bond oral appliances, such as braces or bonded retainers.
  • Sensitive teeth and gums not recommended

if you use onespecial toothbrusho onesoft toothbrush for sensitive teethI would NOT recommend using a baking soda slurry. Especially with sensitive teeth. Baking soda can further irritate teeth and sensitive tissue, making brushing less effective.

Why would anyone want to use baking soda on their teeth? Usually, it is because they want to whiten their teeth.

Here are some things to consider if you want whiter teeth.

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When was the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned?

If your professional hygiene cleaning is overdue, you may have accumulated surface stains that are clouding your smile. The food and drinks we consume on a daily basis can stain our teeth externally (externally). In some cases, the yellowing that people see on their teeth is actually plaque and tartar attached to the tooth that is discolored and physically attached to the enamel surface. A simple visit to the dentist for a professional cleaning by your hygienist will do wonders to remove stains and debris.

But tooth decay can also discolor. They need to be evaluated and addressed right away so they don't get bigger. If you suddenly see brown and black spots on your teeth, see your dentist to rule out or treat active decay.

Do you have existing dental work in your mouth?

If you already have dental treatment, especially on your front teeth, such as fillings, crowns, veneers, or even root canal teeth, the color of those teeth will not whiten or lighten like your natural tooth structure will. As long as the natural tooth structure has been replaced with a restorative dental material, such as a filling, veneer or crown, the color used is permanent and can only be changed by replacing the restoration.

In endodontically treated teeth, the infected pulp has been removed, filled and sealed, and this can create shadows in the dentin structure of the tooth, causing the tooth to darken over time. If this is the case, the tooth must be whitened from the inside for the most effective results. If youIf you have any previous dental work, especially on your front teeth, you should see your dentist for a full exam BEFORE attempting any whitening treatment.

However, if you don't need to address any of the above situations, there are some great ways to naturally whiten your teeth at home before scheduling a visit to your dentist.


Check list:

  • They usually have healthy teeth and gums without active periodontal disease.
  • He sees the dentist regularly and has no ongoing dental problems that need to be fixed.
whiten your teeth at home

When it comes to whitening your smile, there are many other options out there, but when it comes to safety, efficacy, and results, these are the best at-home whitening options, and they are also the least expensive.

watch your diet

If you're a late-night wine drinker or hit the coffee/tea pot quite often, surface food and drink stains can be your enemy in battle. Make sure your home grooming routine is strict and daily, and aim for a quick brushing after lunch for a third session if you really want to be special.

Brush effectively morning and night. Brush especially well before bed to remove food debris from the day, allow a total of 2 minutes of brushing time, reach each surface of the teeth and tongue, then floss and rinse. Consider using a whitening toothpaste to remove tough surface stains.

** A NEW:Rinse your mouth with clean water after drinking coffee/tea/wine. This helps remove natural tannins that can stick to teeth and darken their appearance.**

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Brush with a slurry of baking soda

When using baking soda as a toothpaste to remove surface stains

  • Place the baking powder in a small bowl.
  • wet your toothbrush
  • Dip the brush head into the baking soda.
  • bush as always
Health always comes first.

If your teeth are not on a healthy foundation (your gums and bones), you are literally wasting your time worrying about whiter teeth. It sounds harsh, but someone has to do it.hear it. I have discussed this many times over the years with many patients asking for whiter teeth before asking, "Are my teeth and gums healthy?" That's why I'm telling you, because I realize that some people just don't know... what they don't know... healthy teeth first, then whiter teeth.

Always talk to your dentist about any concerns you may have about your home care routine.

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