Who doesn’t love a white pearly smile? But getting proper teeth whitening from a renowned dentist can be quiet expensive. And not to forget that it can be time-consuming too.
So what’s another way to whiten your teeth at a cheaper cost and within the comfort of your home?
The first thought that comes to mind is BAKING SODA! Most of us must have heard of someone around us using baking soda to whiten their teeth.
So your question at this point must be: can baking soda actually whiten my teeth?
How does baking soda whiten teeth?
Baking soda is a key element in many kinds of toothpaste so it can be used to whiten teeth. But it can only get rid of surface stains. It’s actually composed of a compound called sodium bicarbonate. This compound has a coarse nature. This coarseness is what helps eradicate the top stains on your teeth and polishes them, to give them a nice shine and make them appear whiter.
It gets rid of most of the stains that are on the surface of your teeth, but if you’re looking to remove deeper problems then you’ll have to consult a dentist.
Is baking soda safe to use?
There have been a lot of questions concerning the use of baking soda. Is it safe? Would it hurt your teeth? Will it cause any damage? Will it affect your dental health?
“Our teeth are alive!” They are living gems. They have the structure like a crystal but unlike crystals our teeth are alive.
Most of us brush our teeth unconsciously. It’s referred to as ‘zombie brushing’. If we brush our teeth like we are scrubbing the dishes in the kitchen, baking soda is bound to cause some problems. In fact, anything would cause problems if you don’t brush your teeth correctly!
So it depends on how you brush your teeth!
Let’s focus on the benefits and disadvantages of baking soda.
The potential downsides to using the baking soda can be; that prolonged use of baking soda to brush your teeth can cause the enamel of your teeth to deteriorate! Also, the absence of fluoride in baking soda, the element that makes teeth stronger and prevents cavities, gives another reason to be cautious when using it.
Moreover, continued use can even become a cause of tooth decay, because a deteriorated enamel will lead to the inner tissues be more sensitive and open way for cavities.
But for every bad, there is a good!
Baking soda helps in maintaining a good pH in our mouths. The more acidic or the lower the pH the greater the risk of tooth decay. Baking soda helps in keeping the pH more alkaline thus, reducing the risk of bacteria. Also, baking soda really can help in lowering the populations of bad bugs in the mouth, as it is a salt, and all salts are antimicrobial.
DO THE BENEFITS OF BAKING SODA OUTWEIGH DISADVANTAGES?
Baking soda, as you can obviously see now, has the potential to remove surface stains from your teeth and make them look whiter, along with other benefits. But, there are drawbacks to it. Although, if we are cautious and vigilant while using baking soda we can easily avoid the drawbacks.
So the benefits of baking soda, definitely do outweigh the drawbacks.
HOW TO WHITEN TEETH USING BAKING SODA
Here’s how you can whiten your teeth using baking soda at home.
In a small bowl, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with either a few drops of water or lemon. Make sure it has the consistency of a paste, for easier application.
Using a toothbrush, brush your teeth with the paste like you normally would. Do this for two minutes but no longer than that. Make sure you only go in the up and down direction.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash. Given your toothpaste a thorough rinse too.
Repeat this process every other day for two weeks. You’ll start noticing your teeth getting whiter.
After two weeks start cutting down on the number of times you brush your teeth with baking soda.
If you want to continue using the mixture then do it once every week.
So, does baking soda whiten teeth?
Baking soda is worth a shot at whitening your teeth at home and in a very cost-effective way. It can obviously lead to an improvement in your oral health.
Now the question is: Would you give it a try?
Emily is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger. She loves to write on healthy lifestyle, fitness 101 and DIY related topics. Currently she is associated with Evolution Orthodontics, specialize in the latest technology including Invisalign treatment.