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Is Brushing Teeth with Baking Soda safe?

We’ve all heard about the versatility of baking soda, and how it’s used as a natural cleanser. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is popularly used to clean paint, neutralize odors from books, remove pesticides from vegetables, leavening in baking, etc. But, have you tried brushing your teeth with baking soda? Several folks have tried brushing their teeth with baking soda; to clean and whiten their teeth. Sounds bizarre, isn’t it! But, it’s true!

Baking soda, though claimed by many as the most popular and safest DIY natural teeth whitening agent, is not as safe as it looks. Swallowing this powder is not deleterious to health. However, baking soda works by oxidizing the stains present on the teeth enamel. This is slightly dangerous! Baking soda is abrasive in nature and chronic use of it can cause damage to the enamel coating on the teeth. Teeth enamel will wear off, making the teeth sensitive and vulnerable to cavities. Thus, chronic use of baking soda can cause permanent damage to the teeth. Moreover, baking soda doesn’t kill bacteria present in the mouth, thus, after brushing with baking soda, one has to brush with toothpaste to prevent cavities. In addition, those who have braces or wear permanent retainers should not use baking soda, as the brackets can fall off, leaving darker spots.

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