How Baking Soda Works to Whiten Teeth

bakingsodadrawI’m sure you’ve heard it before. “Baking Soda could whiten your teeth up to 10 shades!” But just how effective is baking soda at whitening your teeth? That depends largely on how stained your teeth are.

Baking Soda works as an effective tooth whitener due to it’s abrasive qualities. It is most effective in fighting stains caused by substances such as coffee, tee, soda, and tobacco. If overused, it’s abrasive qualities can cause damage to the outer layer (enamel) of your teeth. Because of this risk, you should not brush with baking soda more than twice in a week.

There are several effective ways to brush with baking soda, but one should always use toothpaste afterwards because baking soda alone will not kill any bacteria in your mouth. The easiest way to brush with baking soda is to wet all the bristles of your toothbrush and then just dip it in some baking soda. Brush for 2 minutes, then rinse and brush with toothpaste like normal. Alternatively, you can mix baking soda into your regular toothpaste and kill 2 birds with one stone. Some people prefer a mixture of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective mouthwash and also helps with tooth whitening, but heads up, it tastes pretty gnarly.

Baking Soda can definitely be effective in whitening your teeth, but use it with caution to avoid irreversible damage.

One other method that can sometimes be quiteful in whitening teeth is simply switching to an electric toothbrush. Check out Sonicare Vs Oral B to see a comparison of some of my favorites!

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