Is It Ok to Brush My Teeth with Baking Soda?

It seems like you can use baking soda for all sorts of things – not just for baking but also for helping heartburn, deodorizer bad smells, and clearing clogged drains… and whitening teeth?! Yes, it’s true, baking soda can whiten your teeth, but does that mean it’s a good idea to use it? Here at Crossroads Family Dentistry, we want to make sure your teeth are only getting the best, so here’s the truth about baking soda.

The Pros…
Many people have baking soda on hand, and it’s simple enough to mix with some water and use it as toothpaste. It takes only two minutes, the same time as your normal brushing routine, and you’ll start to see results after only a couple of days.

…And the Cons
Using baking soda might eliminate unsightly discolorations, but it’s like taking off all your clothes because you got a stain on your shirt. Baking soda doesn’t just remove stains; it can also remove the enamel on your teeth. The abrasive quality that helps baking soda whiten your teeth is also what makes it dangerous to your enamel. Unlike dedicated toothpaste, baking soda isn’t very good at fighting plaque and has none of the fluoride that helps keep your enamel strong.

What Else Can I Use to Whiten my Teeth?
There are plenty of kinds of toothpaste with the American Dental Association’s seal of approval, and brushing twice a day two minutes each time with one of these pastes is the best way to make sure your pearly whites stay white. But if brushing isn’t enough, the fastest and most effective way to get a marvelous smile is with one of our teeth whitening treatments.

Want Whiter Teeth Without the Hassle?
So, give us a call today and see what Crossroads Family Dentistry can do for you!