Repeat every other day. The process of brushing your teeth with baking soda every other day for one or two weeks aids in whitening your teeth and a slight difference can be observe in just a few days. After a couple of weeks of brushing with baking soda every second day, you should shift back to doing it just once or twice a week. The abrasive properties of the baking soda may damage the enamel on your teeth if used too frequently.
Alternative Options for Brushing Teeth with Baking Soda:
Baking Soda and Vinegar. Dissolve first the baking soda in water and add a few drops of white vinegar and a pinch of salt. Brush for two minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Baking Soda and Strawberry. Strawberries contain powerful anti-oxidant properties and work in harmony with whitening teeth. Mash up one whole ripe strawberry into a pulp and then add enough baking soda to make a paste. Apply to your toothbrush and brush for two minutes. Rinse mouth and toothbrush thoroughly.
Baking Soda and Toothpaste. Mix a small amount of baking soda with your desired toothpaste to make a paste. Dip toothbrush into the paste (an alternative is to simply sprinkle baking soda on top of the toothpaste on your brush). Brush for two minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening With Baking Soda. Hydrogen peroxide is known to have whitening and bleaching effects. Mix half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of baking soda to form a paste. Dip the toothbrush into the paste. Brush for two minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Baking Soda and Salt. Add 1 teaspoon of table salt to 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Salt’s abrasive effect enhances the plaque removal and whitening process. Apply a desired amount in the toothbrush and brush for two minutes. Rinse per usual after done brushing.
Baking Soda, Peppermint Extract and Glycerin. The mixture of these three creates fresh tasting toothpaste. Mix 3 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin with a few drops of peppermint oil to start with. Add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt along with 5 teaspoons of baking soda. Mix the ingredients completely. Apply to toothbrush, brush for two minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice or Lime Juice. Citric acid in these fruits is an effective bleaching agent. Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with half a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice. Brush your teeth and leave the mixture for about a minute before rinsing thoroughly. Most dentists do not recommend this method because the corrosive properties of the citric acid damage the teeth.
- Avoid brushing your gums because it could result in burning sensation and bleeding. Baking soda for teeth is not recommended to those who experienced pain and bloody gums while brushing with baking soda. After brushing your teeth, it is advisable to use mouthwash or brush again with your desired toothpaste to remove aftertaste. You can also use electric toothbrush for effective and faster brushing.
- The abrasive properties of baking soda can cause excessive wear and damage to the enamel of your teeth resulting in sensitivity and increased risk for developing cavities.
- Baking soda aids in removing plaque, but does not kill any bacteria thus contributing to an increase cavity formation in your teeth.
- This is not recommended if you have braces or a permanent retainer as baking soda can weaken or dissolve the orthodontic glue.
- Brushing your teeth too hard may damage your enamel (which is called as abrasion), leading to hypersensitivity.
- Do not use this method too often as permanent damage to the teeth enamel can occur due to abrasion.