The teeth whitening procedure is all the rage today with tons of options becoming available, from professional treatments using lasers to complex gels to teeth whitening strips to whitening kits that can be purchased over the counter. However, not everyone is familiar with is the baking soda method to whiten teeth. Brushing teeth with baking soda is sometimes promoted as an effective way to whiten the teeth, remove the stains that are caused by drinking coffee, tea, smoking, etc. and the debris on the surface of the teeth to make the teeth appear brighter. Because of its abrasive nature, baking soda removes built-up plaque on teeth and the alkaline powder in baking soda can help remove discolorations. While this method can be effective, it will only remove stains on the surface of the teeth. Mixing water with baking soda forms a mildly abrasive paste. When used with a toothbrush, this paste combines with the action of the toothbrush to remove surface stains. In addition to all the benefits of using baking soda, one in particular is the fact that it can serve as a cheaper alternative to expensive whitening treatments and products.
In a small cup, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water to make it into a paste, dip your clean brush into the paste and gently brush for a minute. Make sure you are using a proper toothbrush. The bristles need to be able to bend, to kind of get right under that gum. The size of the brush’s head is important, too, especially if you have a smaller mouth. Brushes also have various sizes of handles and different angles. The best toothbrush is one that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily. To ensure your toothbrush has undergone rigorous quality control tests for cleaning effectiveness and safety, ask your dentist for a recommendation. When mixed in water, baking soda releases free radicals which are unstable molecules.
Applying this mixture to your teeth causes the free radicals to interact with the stain molecules on the teeth, thereby leaving your teeth white and bright. To begin with, place the toothbrush over your teeth and wiggle it back and forth a little bit, making sure the bristles cover each tooth and work their way around the sides of the tooth. What you are trying to do is allow the bristles of the toothbrush to find their way into the spaces between your teeth. Brush your teeth as you normally would, but really concentrate on getting the brush into all the cracks and crevices. Refrain from brushing the pastes for more than 2 minutes at a time, and avoid harsh scrubbing to protect your gums and enamel from harm. Then, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Clean the excess baking soda from your tooth brush and follow brushing your teeth and tongue with your regular tooth paste. Make sure you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth, which should take about two minutes. Remember to brush the inside surfaces, outside surfaces and the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Gently brush with a short, vertical or circular motion. Make sure to get the outer and inner surfaces of each tooth. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your mouth without irritation.
You should repeat the process of brushing your teeth with baking soda every other day for one or two weeks. You will notice a slight difference in the whiteness of your teeth after just a few days, and a substantial difference after a couple of weeks.
Baking soda will generally need to be used correctly in order to protect the teeth’s enamel from damages. The soda should ideally not be used too frequently since it can damage the enamel as a result of frequent use. Do not forgo your regular oral hygiene in favour of teeth-whitening techniques. It is slightly abrasive and if used repeatedly over time it can weaken tooth enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to dental cavities. It is natural to want a healthy looking, stain-free smile. Achieving that smile, though, shouldn’t be at the expense of your oral health. Always brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste before bedtime and after waking up in the morning.