Baking Soda is one of those ingredients that are cheap and are used for many things. For example, baking soda is used in baking cakes, removing stains on your cloth, cleaning dishes, and there are some rumors that it may help in the fight against cancer, but nobody yet proved that.
What is proven is that by using baking soda, you can whiten your teeth. But not only whiten teeth but also clean them and make your breath fresher.
Should You Use Baking Soda Instead of Toothpaste?
This question can be answered in many ways. If you eat healthily and get all the nutrients you need, you can probably just wash your mouth with water and every other day with baking soda, and you will not have any problems. Your teeth will be healthy because of your perfect diet, and with baking soda, you can get that white smile everyone is looking for.
Is Baking Soda Bad for your Teeth?
Many articles on the internet say that you will hurt your enamel if you use baking soda every day. I didn’t do the testings, but I think it is not the baking soda that damages your enamel, but your brushing style and your probably too hard toothbrush.
Many natural toothpaste companies include baking soda because baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is in natural form and safe to use in a natural product. In addition, there are not yet documented files that any of that baking soda toothpaste hurt anyone’s enamel. And if you look at the abrasive levels, you see that sodium bicarbonate is below hydrated silica. And hydrated silica is used in standard toothpaste formula for decades. So if something is hurting your enamel, then that is hydrated silica.
Baking Soda as Toothpaste Side Effects:
- Enamel Damage – Many websites say that it will hurt your enamel if you use sodium bicarbonate every day for an extended period. But I think that is just propaganda against baking soda because it is a cheap alternative to whitening your teeth.
- Dentin Damage – Now, this is a more real problem. Baking Soda may hurt dentin since, on the abrasive scale, both have the same number (2.5). But dentin is protected by enamel and gums. So if you have receding gums, then you are in some danger of getting your dentin damaged.
- People With Braces Should Not Use Baking Soda – The reason for this is that baking soda will soften the glue that holds your braces.
Teeth Benefits of using Baking Soda as Toothpaste
- White Teeth – It is proven that baking soda will whiten your teeth; there is no doubt about that.
- Keeps Ideal Oral PH – It will make your mouth slightly alkaline. Baking Soda PH is 8.3, and when used in the mouth, it can bring your mouth levels to PH neutral, which is perfect for teeth. And we know that acids can harm your teeth and help some bacterias live in an acidic environment. So with baking soda, you can push to neutral PH and, by that, keep your teeth healthy.
- Fresh Breath – With having a PH 7 mouth, your breath will be fresher. However, we know that acids sometimes can make your breath rotten.
It is up to you if you decide to use baking soda. There is no clear evidence of what will really happen to your mouth and teeth. But what we know is that your teeth will be white, and your PH in the mouth will be more natural.