I’m getting hooked on DIY beauty! Because it’s fun, it’s healthy and it’s cheap! Here’s my experience with using baking soda to whiten my teeth. It works! Okay, don’t expect the sort of sparkling white teeth you see on celebrities but baking soda will take off some of the coffee and tea stains and give you a cleaner looking set of teeth.
Baking soda to brush teeth is safeThis is one of the most popular and safest DIY methods to whiten your teeth naturally. There are some DIY suggestions of using lemon juice or strawberries but those could do more harm by eroding the calcium in your teeth or cause tooth cavities. However, you want to know that baking soda is pretty abrasive on contact. So on some forums, the advice is to dig a toothbrush into the baking soda and then to start brushing. Well, not very good. You’ll find that your gums hurt quite a bit this way. The best way I have found through trial and error is to mix the baking soda with toothpaste.
Baking soda mixed with toothpasteFirst, I squeeze some toothpaste on my toothbrush as usual. Then I top it up with a small spoonful of baking soda and start brushing. You can use baking soda only of course but I find that the toothpaste helps to ease off some of the abrasiveness of the dry powder for me.
Whiter teeth in a weekI saw a slight difference after the first brushing using baking soda. Within a week of brushing with this ingredient once a day, my teeth was noticeably whiter. Even my husband noticed and he has started to use it too.
Brushing with baking soda once or twice a weekHowever, I plan to slow down now that I see results and will probably keep to brushing with baking soda only once or twice a week. This is because I feel that baking soda while safe, is still a mild abrasive cleaner so I don’t want to use it everyday. And by the way, this stuff taste salty!
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Natural Teeth Whiteners
Doctors and dentists may refrain from giving you the go-ahead to use a professional or over-the-counter teeth-bleaching product, but they may be apt to approve a natural teeth whitener.
Natural teeth whiteners often use regular foods that are deemed safe during pregnancy to whiten the teeth. Here are a few natural whiteners:
- Strawberries. Strawberries can be mashed into a paste and applied to your teeth with a finger. The berries contain malic acid, which helps dissolve dental stains so that they can be more easily brushed away. Still, the strawberries should only be left in place for around five minutes. Since the berries are acidic, if left on the teeth for long periods, they may damage your tooth enamel.
- Apple cider vinegar. Like strawberries, apple cider vinegar also contains malic acid. The vinegar can be applied to the teeth then rinsed away with water. After a thorough rinsing, you can brush, but it is best to wait a few minutes first. Acidic substances, such as vinegar, can temporarily soften the tooth enamel. Brushing too soon after using the vinegar can cause enamel erosion.
- Baking soda. Baking soda is mildly abrasive and can help polish away dental stains. To use baking soda as a natural whitener, apply a loose paste made from baking soda and water to your toothbrush and brush in your usual manner. The salty taste may be unpalatable during pregnancy, but the baking soda should help remove surface discoloration.
- Turmeric. Turmeric, which is the spice that gives curry and mustard their yellow hue can be used to whiten your teeth. To whiten with turmeric, add the spice to the moistened bristles of your toothbrush. Still, be careful as you brush. Although turmeric can whiten the teeth, the spice is quite staining to countertops, hands and clothing.
The risks of using baking soda
If you opt to use this method to clean and whiten your teeth, then it is imperative that you are aware of the possible side effects.
Baking soda has an abrasive composition that makes it a great cleaner. however, if you vigorously brush your teeth, it can be very abrasive and therefore damaging when used daily. As a result, enamel is slowly worn away, making your teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to dental cavities. Baking soda can also wear down the glaze on your porcelain crowns (a dental crown is a prosthetic restoration which completely caps or surrounds a tooth or dental implant).
Aluminium in baking soda
There is a common myth that baking soda contains aluminium. This myth was brought along by some products claiming that they were using aluminium-free baking soda. The confusion came in because some baking powders contain aluminium derivatives. However, the claim on baking soda having aluminium was only a case of mistaken identity. The truth is that baking soda does not include aluminium, so don’t let this worry you.
Not enough to fight cavities
Although baking soda can assist in removing some plaque, by itself, it is not effective enough, eventually leading to plaque build-up. It also lacks fluoride, which helps in strengthening your teeth and preventing dental cavities. To prevent cavities, you are highly advised to use a fluoride-based toothpaste to brush your teeth.
Not compatible with certain dental materials
If you have permanent retainers or braces, you are advised not to use baking soda. This is because baking soda tends to soften or weaken the glue or adhesive of your dental fixtures or fittings, causing them to debond and leave dark spots due to the reaction with the baking soda.
Leaves an uncomfortable aftertaste
Baking soda does not have a pleasant aftertaste, and it feels gritty.
Daily use of baking soda it is not recommended