Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a popular weak alkaline powder that is used today in various ways, especially in keeping our bodies properly alkalized. It is dubbed as the natural cleaner for, aside from its famous leavening prowess, it cleans paint, removes pesticides, and even neutralizes odors from books. People have tried using baking soda to clean almost anything, but what about our teeth? Can you brush teeth with baking soda?
Baking Soda Benefits
Baking soda is a kind of crystalline, slightly alkaline powder with a white color. This weak alkaline powder releases free radicals when dissolved in water. And when put inside the mouth, these free radicals will then interact with the stain molecules found on the teeth enamel. This interaction involves the scraping off of the yellow and brown stains that are usually found on the teeth. And all these reactions and interactions make baking soda a good agent for fighting discoloration and working towards the whitening of teeth.
Aside from the whitening characteristics of sodium bicarbonate, the removal of plaque is another benefit of brushing teeth with baking soda. And when plaque is removed from the teeth, the decay of teeth is also prevented – another positive attribute. When teeth are kept from decaying, one is also assured of having fresher breath. So a whiter set of teeth with no cavities, and a fresher breath, are all benefits we can enjoy from using the affordable magic of baking soda. This also leads us to another advantage of baking soda: its affordability. This characteristic is what makes the popular commercial teeth whitener that it is.
Brushing with Baking Soda
Baking soda can be used in at least two ways when brushing the teeth. For a whiter finish, it could be used just as it is in its powder form, or it can be done with the help of salt, vinegar, and water.
When you prefer to brush your teeth using just the powder form of baking soda, the first thing you have got to do is to properly wet the bristles of your toothbrush with some cold water. After moistening the bristles, dip them into your ¼ teaspoon baking soda powder and make sure to cover all the bristles – check if the toothbrush head has become all white. And just as if you were using ordinary toothpaste, start brushing your teeth. Do this, however, for only 2 to 5 minutes in order to prevent any burning sensation. After brushing, rinse with water like usual. You may opt to brush twice per day to have better whitening outcome.
On the other hand, if you prefer to have a go with a baking soda solution, then you may mix the same amount of powder, as mentioned above, with some water that is enough to dissolve it, and simply add a pinch of salt and a few drops of vinegar, preferably white. Dip the bristles into your solution and brush normally. After rinsing with water, brush your teeth using regular toothpaste.
Now add these easy steps with the wonderful benefits mentioned earlier, and you have just experienced what is said to be the cheapest yet safest method of teeth whitening. However, it is worthy to remember that chronic usage of baking soda for brushing teeth could eventually cause the teeth enamel to wear off. So the right toothpaste is still the best agent for regular brushing of teeth.