Family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD is well aware of the fact that these days, many toothpaste manufacturers incorporate baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, in their product formulae. There’s one simple reason for this: though mostly used in cooking and cleaning, this alkaline chemical compound has also proven effective for whitening teeth.
Small wonder having baking soda in the manufacturing process enhances the toothpaste’s appeal to consumers. More and more companies are eager to parade their toothpaste products guaranteeing brighter and whiter teeth thanks to the chemical. If you’re still having doubts about, however, here is some additional information about baking soda in your toothpaste:
How does baking soda work?
Baking soda is often used as a cleaning agent. As it’s a natural abrasive, the compound can whiten teeth, as well as remove stains resulting from food and beverage consumption. Baking soda is also more natural compared to other teeth whitening products available in the market. It’s for all these reasons some people use baking soda instead of toothpaste to clean and whiten their teeth.
Brushing with baking soda only
As effective as baking soda is for whitening teeth; we can’t recommend it as an alternative to toothpaste. For starters, it doesn’t contain fluoride—a common toothpaste ingredient that destroys bacteria and helps prevent the buildup of plaque, which can lead to cavities if left unchecked.
Secondly, being an abrasive, excessive use of baking soda can damage tooth enamel, eventually resulting in sensitized teeth and the risk of cavity formation.
Baking soda also doesn’t have flavor and aroma, features common to commercial toothpaste that makes brushing pleasant. You should therefore still brush with regular toothpaste for thorough cleaning of your teeth.
Baking soda in toothpaste
While it’s not a good idea to brush using baking soda alone, having baking soda as an active toothpaste component is a good development towards better dental care. This innovation offers the combination of baking soda’s whitening power and the anti-bacterial efficacy of other agents.
So if you want shinier teeth, don’t use baking soda alone. The better option is to use toothpaste that contains baking soda—in other words, a toothpaste that has both whitening and germicidal ingredients. For best results, get a toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association.
If you’d like more information on baking soda in toothpaste, please contact Audubon Dental Center via our website or at (301) 856-1122. If you’d like to know how else we can help you, please browse our list of available services.