Dental Tips Blog

Jun
22

Can I Just Use Baking Soda to Whiten My Teeth?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Baking soda has long been touted as an efficient, economical, and natural tooth whitener that you can use in the comfort of your own home.

But you may well wonder:

  • How does it work?
  • Is it safe to use?
  • Is it really effective?

How Baking Soda Whitens Teeth

The abrasive property of baking soda particles is what gives it the ability to buff away stain. Many whitening toothpastes contain abrasives such as baking soda to give them stain-scrubbing power.

If your teeth quickly and easily pick up stain from foods (tea, coffee, wine, etc.), medication, or tobacco, then using a toothpaste with a gentle abrasive agent may be key to keeping stain at bay.

Caution is needed, however.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Because baking soda is abrasive, using it too often for too long can wear your enamel and scratch dental restorations. Even brushing too hard with a normal toothbrush can cause wear on teeth after several years. Scrubbing your teeth with baking soda on a regular basis could do them more harm than good.

Additionally, gritty and salty baking soda can irritate soft tissues such as your gums, cheeks, tongue, and lips.

Better Than Baking Soda

The small bits in baking soda help scrub away surface stain, but they can’t access the stain embedded deep within the pores of tooth enamel. To achieve this, you need an effective bleaching agent.

Professional teeth whitening uses the optimum concentration of a bleaching agent along with special equipment for safe, quick, and effective bleaching power.

Professional whitening can even remove years of stain that accumulate with age, giving you a younger and healthier smile. Talk to your dentist about which tooth whitening option is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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