Use of Baking Soda in Dental Care
by: Dental Assistant Team
Baking soda is a common household product which has so many applications. Even help clean your teeth when used in moderation.
What you need to know...
Baking soda is a sodium carbonate. Its chemical structure makes it a mild abrasive so it is a perfect acid neutralizer to kill bacteria such as plaque. However, baking soda can destroy tooth enamel when improperly.
If you are looking to use baking soda as part of your oral care routine you need to be very careful and discuss it with your dentist as baking soda is an abrasive.
When used improperly, baking soda can wear out the enamel of your teeth over time and cause more harm than good. Depending on the patient, we recommend making a baking soda rinse mixing 1 teaspoon full with an 8oz glass of water. A good application for a baking soda rinse is when you have a sore, or traumatic ulcer, or even gargling with the solution if you have a cold.
We sometimes recommend patients with bleeding gums to rub a bit of baking soda directly on their gums to keep the area clean.
Baking soda can take stains from food away. It will not make your teeth whiter but it will take off the tannins from some foods or beverages leaves on our teeth.
I use baking soda for many other non-dental uses. I use it to wash produce in the sink and soak them with baking soda for a few minutes (you will be surprised how dirty the water gets). I also keep a box of baking soda in the refrigerator which helps fight unwanted odors.
I also use baking soda as a laundry booster. Even as replacement for any chemical you would normally use to clean your kitchen and bathrooms.
Remember, before using baking soda for your dental care, talk to your dentist to see if it is appropriate for you and discuss uses and quantities to use.
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Article date: Sep. 12 2013
Type: Home Dental Care
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County