Many people have turned to brushing with baking soda to remove these tough stains and whiten their teeth.
But if you think you’ve found a whitening solution in baking soda, think again.
The problem is, is that baking soda is a mild abrasive, and chemically also a mild bleach, which neutralizes cavity-causing acids. When commercially available toothpaste didn’t exist, baking soda made sense for its ability to polish teeth and reduce acidity.
What is the Baking Soda Doing
But that was then and now is now. And honestly, there are better options. In fact, exposing teeth to baking soda will erode the tooth’s surface enamel over time. Enamel is like the finished surface of a floor: It’s a thin, hard outer layer that protects each tooth. When enamel is worn away by an irritant, decay occurs as plaque and is able to penetrate teeth more quickly, where they produce acids that can lead to cavities. Nerve damage can occur as well, and gums may become more sensitive.
Since baking soda is abrasive it could remove stains from teeth, but it’s like sanding your floors down. It’ll work, but eventually you’ll sand away the floor’s entire surface.
One might see short-term whitening with an abrasive. It will remove surface stains and teeth may get whiter quickly, but the long-term damage is in no way worth it. The erosion of enamel can also cause teeth to become more yellow over the long-term, as the yellow-colored dentin, the inner layer of tooth, is exposed.
Enamel doesn’t grow back … once it’s gone, it’s gone.
The Best Way to Whiten Teeth
To keep your teeth as white as possible, it’s important to brush and clean between your teeth and floss on a regular basis with a toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. Clean teeth are whiter and healthier.
But if regular brushing and flossing aren’t giving you the results you want, a personalized, in-office consultation with Max Lingo DDS might be what you need.
So now is the time to visit Dr. Max L Lingo, Evansville, Indiana dentist. We will take care of yours and family’s dental needs. If you feel that you need a dental implant or any other service, contact our office now if you need bonding & filling, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures & partials, extractions, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, teeth cleaning, plaque removal and more.