Have you ever considered the option to brush teeth with baking soda? You probably have heard claims stating that baking soda can give you whiter and cleaner teeth. Since it is a part of the common and regular household items, having the inexpensive way to whiten out the teeth seems like a good idea. However, do you know the benefits as well as the possible downsides of using the baking soda? Do you know some of the basic facts?
- Healthier and Better Oral pH
The pH level inside the mouth determines the quality, condition, and health of the mouth. The numbers of bacteria depend on the pH level. When the pH level is low (meaning that it is in the acidic condition), the possibility of tooth problems and decay is bigger. In most cases, bacteria will thrive well when the pH level is 5.5. When your pH level is around 6.5 or even 7.0, bacteria won’t be able to survive.
The idea to brush your teeth with baking soda is to balance the pH level. Baking soda has higher pH level (around 8.3) so you can deliver a more alkaline environment and prevent oral issue. Is it possible to use baking soda to naturally improve your oral condition?
- Bacterial and Bad Bug Removal
As it was mentioned before, baking soda is claimed effective to remove bacteria and other harmful bad bugs. After all, if you think of it, baking soda is somewhat a part of salt because it is sodium bicarbonate. If you understand the nature of salt, you’d understand that it has naturally antimicrobial property. That’s why some people want to brush teeth with baking soda.
- Extrinsic Stain Removal
So, how do you think baking soda helps whitening the teeth, anyway? The baking soda helps removing the extrinsic stain that is responsible for the teeth stain or discoloration. In general case, the baking soda can effectively remove these stains (some of them may be embedded into the teeth) and make the teeth appear whiter and cleaner.
Despite all of these benefits, let’s not forget about the possible side effects. Baking soda is pretty abrasive. If you use it too often, it will cause the enamel to recede. Be extra careful if you suffer from problematic gum or receding gum because it will only make the problem get worse.
Some health experts say that brushing your teeth with baking soda is okay if you do it for once in a while. But you need to know how to brush your teeth with baking soda correctly if you want to have a safe practice.