Baking soda can be successfully used to remove stains and discolorations from the surface (enamel) of teeth, thereby given teeth a whiter and brighter appearance. Brushing teeth with baking soda removes stains caused by drinking tea, coffee, and sodas as well as chewing tobacco and smoking. Mixing baking soda and water releases free radicals from the mixture. These free radicals break down the stain molecules on the enamel, which can then be scraped off the teeth by using a toothbrush.
Baking soda is the common name for sodium bicarbonate. It is a weak alkaline compound that has a white, crystalline appearance. In fact, baking soda looks similar to washing soda.
There are a variety of reasons that making brushing with baking soda an attractive option. First, brushing with baking soda polishes teeth and gives them a whiter appearance. Brushing with baking soda removes plaque deposits from teeth; plaque deposits contribute to tooth decay. Second, baking soda fights bad breath. Finally, baking soda is reasonably price and it can be used for multiple chores around the home, making it great to have around at all times. In fact, compared to other teeth whiteners, baking soda is the cheapest on the market - one regular sized box can be used for well over 100 brushings.
Below are some guidelines for brushing with baking soda. It is important to remember that you should not brush with baking soda more than twice per week because doing so may cause irreparable damage to your teeth's enamel.
Note: Brushing teeth with baking soda may result in burning and/or tingling sensations. If these sensations become unbearable, you should stop brushing with baking soda immediately and rinse out your mouth with copious amounts of water.
Note: Alternatively, you can add toothpaste to the toothbrush and then sprinkle baking soda onto the toothpaste.
Since strawberries are known for their teeth whitening properties, combining them with baking soda is a great idea.
Note: Alternatively, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can be combined to make a paste, which can then be used for brushing.
Although brushing teeth with baking soda is a natural way for teeth whitening, there are some negative side effects to brushing with it regularly.
Note: It is important to note that on its own, swallowing baking soda will not have deleterious effects on your health.