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Is It Safe To Brush With Baking Soda?

Posted on: January 25, 2018

BrushIt is often alleged brushing with baking soda will adequately clean the teeth. Some people swear baking soda will even beautify the teeth. However, those who have considerable knowledge of oral health tend to use toothpaste as opposed to baking soda for a variety of reasons. This is not to say baking soda is bad for oral health. If you are in a jam and have nothing else to clean your teeth with, you should certainly consider using baking soda.

The Basics of Baking Soda

Baking soda is an affordable product that has myriad purposes in the home and elsewhere. It can be used to eliminate odors, clean the dishwasher, prepare foods and clean the teeth in the event that toothpaste is unavailable. Some even use baking soda to whiten their teeth. Here’s what to consider before attempting to clean your chompers with baking soda.

Baking Soda for Teeth Cleaning

Toothpaste plays an important role in preventative oral health. Ask any dentist if toothpaste cleans the teeth better than baking soda and he or she will respond in the affirmative. Toothpaste gets rid of plaque and prevents dental caries with fluoride. Baking soda does not have any fluoride. This means it can’t remineralize teeth or ward off those nasty dental caries. However, baking soda is quite abrasive so it is capable of cleaning the teeth. Yet this abrasiveness also has the potential to damage the teeth, especially if it is applied with a rigid toothbrush and aggressive scrubbing.

If applied to the teeth with vigor, baking soda can wear away the teeth as well as the gum tissue. Baking soda can even cause a gritty texture to linger on the teeth. Some of those who have tried baking soda to clean the teeth report it creates quite the powerful burning sensation.

What’s the Verdict on Baking Soda?

If baking soda is used in the proper manner and in combination with other ingredients, it can clean the teeth. In fact, some toothpaste contains baking soda. Yet baking soda is not the sole ingredient in the typical toothpaste. The average formulated toothpaste has extra ingredients like fluoride that bolster teeth strength. So do not assume the application of baking soda to the teeth will provide a thorough cleaning.

The bottom line is baking soda in and of itself lacks the ingredients necessary to provide an adequate cleaning. The oral health experts at the American Dental Association have approved the use of baking soda in toothpaste. However, these oral health aficionados have not and probably never will approve the use of baking soda as an oral health solution. If you have absolutely no other means of cleaning your teeth, go ahead and use a small amount of baking soda. Apply it in a gentle manner. You will likely find the application of baking soda to your teeth is quite messy so be sure to bring a travel size toothpaste and toothbrush with you wherever you go.

For more information call Contemporary Dentistry PC at (313) 251-1355.


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