Can Baking Soda Be Used As Tooth Paste?

Baking soda is a mineral substance that is used for baking at home. It can also help in taking care of teeth. Baking soda dissolves in water easily, and is said to help in many health conditions. It can regulate the pH balance in living things. It has the ability to clean the teeth and whiten them. Its scientific name is sodium bicarbonate. Can baking soda replace tooth paste in use? The answer is yes. Baking soda is commonly used by people wishing to have the best smile and at the same time save money. Baking soda is said to contain natural properties that can fight off bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria are responsible for plaque, which causes stains on the teeth and bad breath.  The mineral in baking soda acts as a cleanser, and can neutralize and kill the bacteria present. Years ago, baking soda was used for cleaning, baking procedures and in cakes and other foods. As time went by, people realized that by using it while brushing teeth, it could give fresh breath, and lead to whiter teeth.  This is especially true for people with stained teeth. Baking soda is a natural product, which means that it does not have any side effects, even if used internally in moderation. What makes baking soda a perfect toothpaste alternative? Although baking soda gets inside the teeth crevices, it is less abrasive compared to other toothpastes that have been introduced in the market. Unlike manufactured toothpaste which contains chemical substances like silica, baking soda is gentle, and does not affect the enamel of a tooth. Baking soda is a non abrasive cleaning agent. This means that when using it as toothpaste, your enamel will be safe from harsh wear and tear, therefore keeping the teeth healthy. The baking soda is able to maintain this non-abrasive state because of its high concentration. When water or saliva comes in contact with baking soda, it is able to disengage and break down into millions of small particles. By breaking into small particles, the baking soda is able to penetrate inside the tooth. This allows it to remove any food particles hidden between the teeth. The tiny particles also eliminate stubborn stains on the teeth. Dr. Peter Hazim can help you with questions you may have about dental cleaning. Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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