One thing people often question when it comes to their teeth is whether or not the whole baking soda method of whitening teeth really works, and if so, how exactly.
Fortunately, there is some scientific research done on this matter, and you’ll soon know whether or not the baking soda method is just a scam.
So, does it? And if so, why?
It’s true, baking soda can in fact help whiten your teeth!
Due to its mild abrasiveness, minor or newly-formed stains can easily be removed, revealing a beautiful, glowing set of teeth.
However, in hopes to remove severe or long-standing stains, a trip to the dentist for a deep cleaning or a professional teeth whitening session is necessary.
How often should I use baking soda as a teeth whitener?
Now that you know baking soda does actually work as a way to whiten teeth, it’s important to know how much and how often baking soda should be used and if using too much could be potentially harmful to the teeth.
First off, it should be noted that excessive use of baking soda could be harmful to the enamel due to its abrasiveness. Also,
baking soda is not a replacement for toothpaste as it does not contain cavity-fighting fluoride.
For a healthy use of baking soda as a teeth whitener, all you should need is about a pea-sized drop of the product, just enough to cover the bristles of a wet toothbrush head. Gently brush the teeth with the baking soda for about a minute, ensuring it’s being applied at all angles, corners, crevices, and surfaces of the teeth, and rinse.
Leaving it on too long or using it too often could lead to erosion of the tooth enamel. Brush your teeth as normal with toothpaste after rinsing out the baking soda.
You could also add the baking soda to your toothpaste or mouthwash or even purchase toothpaste in-store that already contains the perfect amount of baking soda.
Because, as mentioned, baking soda can be abrasive, only consider this method every other day for one to two weeks, only brushing with baking soda once each other day. Some even believe using baking soda twice a week is plentiful. Continue with your regular toothbrushing routine with toothpaste as advised along with twice-a-day flossing and mouthwash rinsing.
If you notice tooth sensitivity or other notable symptoms from using the baking soda tooth whitener, make an appointment with a dentist. Do not use baking soda if you have braces or another non-removable dental correcting device.
What are other effective DIY teeth whitening methods?
If the traditional baking soda method isn’t your preferred method, perhaps try one of these other DIY ways of teeth whitening:
Hydrogen peroxide & baking soda paste
Add two or three drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide along with a teaspoon or so of baking soda to create a paste. This is not a replacement for traditional toothpaste. Only three to five days in a row, and give your teeth a 6 month break before trying again.
Apple cider vinegar
Rinsing with three parts water and one part apple cider vinegar makes for a great, teeth-whitening rinse. Mix it with toothpaste, and brush as you normally would.
Coconut oil paste
Coconut oil is great in whitening the teeth thanks to its fatty acids. Swishing coconut oil paste for 20 minutes will do the trick. Just heat one cup of coconut oil until liquid-y, add 5-10 drops of spearmint essential oil, and add two teaspoons of baking soda.