If You Brush Your Teeth with Baking Soda, You Need to Read This…

You may have baking soda in your fridge for cooking, to absorb odors, or even for cleaning, but it is also a key ingredient in some toothpastes. Some people also use baking soda by itself as a means of teeth whitening. But, is this a good idea for the safety of your teeth?

Here are some pros of using baking soda or baking soda toothpaste:

  • Fight bad breath, due to balancing out acidic levels of food particles that may be trapped in your mouth
  • Attack the formation of plaque, which can then prevent gum disease or tooth decay
  • Treat mouth ulcers
  • It can whiten and brighten your smile

Here are some cons:

  • If using baking soda by itself, it is not able to fight tooth decay or kill bacteria
  • It can wear away your tooth enamel due to it’s abrasiveness, by itself, or in toothpaste
  • It can be harsh on your gum tissue
  • There is a chance it could breakdown dental glue, used for different oral appliances
  • By itself, it can be messy, gritty, and have an aftertaste

So, what is the verdict? Discuss this with your dentist. They will be able to take a look at your teeth and assess whether or not you should be using baking soda, alone, or in a toothpaste.

If you are interested in professional teeth whitening in Abbotsford, we would love to help you! Call us at Townline Dental to book an appointment today: 604-744-1513.