Are you someone who enjoys baking throughout the year? If so, you have probably scooped your fair share of baking soda from box to bowl. Baking soda helps baked goods rise up to fluffy perfection. But there are many other uses for baking soda. You have probably seen toothpaste with added baking soda in stores, and maybe even brushed your teeth with said products. Pure baking soda can actually whiten teeth naturally, if used correctly. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will explain how to use baking soda to eradicate mild dulling and stains.
All About Baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate, AKA baking soda, is a versatile white powder. Baking soda reacts when combined with acidic ingredients to create gas bubbles for rising. Among some of the other applications for baking soda are:
- Treating bug bites
- Soothing sunburn
- Soothing heartburn
- Absorbing odors (such as in refrigerators, shoes, and laundry)
- Preserving fresh cut flowers
Baking Soda Whitens Teeth
Baking soda is an alkaline substance. What this means is that when you mix it with water, it becomes a mild abrasive. This mixture, when applied to teeth with a toothbrush, can penetrate tooth enamel. Stains on teeth from darkly colored food and drinks will be broken up by the chemical reaction. Stains and discolorations can be stripped away through this process, making teeth appear brighter, whiter, and more youthful.
Utilize the same good brushing techniques when you use baking soda as you would when brushing with regular toothpaste, but use the mixture sparingly. Brushing with baking soda should only be done about once each week, so that you do not risk damaging your tooth enamel with the abrasive. Use baking soda properly and not only with you have whiter teeth, but also fresher breath.
Consult Your Farmington Hills Dentist
Brushing with baking soda has good, but limited, teeth whitening results. If you are interested in dental contouring, or any cosmetic dental procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Askari. You can contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.