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Frequently found in products that promote oral health, baking soda cleans, whitens, and neutralizes naturally-occurring acids in your mouth to combat the growth of plaque. There are drawbacks to baking soda toothpaste such as the taste, potential damage to your gums and tooth enamel, and difficulties for those who have orthodontic appliances. 

Although baking soda toothpaste is economical, effective, and simple to make, it is messy, does not contain any fluoride, and its use as toothpaste is not supported by the American Dental Association.

What Does Baking Soda Do?

Can I Brush My Teeth With Baking Soda?

Most often referred to as baking soda, sodium bicarbonate is a popular household item that can be used for anything from baking cookies to cleaning your oven. 

In terms of baking, sodium bicarbonate works as a leavening agent, meaning it creates carbon dioxide which is what makes dough rise. 

The chemical reaction that is produced when baking soda is combined with other substances, such as vinegar, is very effective at cleaning as well as neutralizing harmful acids, which makes it a useful product with a wide range of uses. 

How Do I Use Baking Soda Toothpaste?

Baking soda is also frequently used in oral health products due to the fact that it freshens your breath when it is made into a mouthwash, it alleviates the discomfort of cold and canker sores, and is very effective at cleaning and whitening your teeth. 

Not only is it a popular active ingredient in mass-produced, name brand toothpaste, but many people are even making homemade toothpaste whose main ingredient is plain baking soda. 

The simplest recipe for do-it-yourself toothpaste made with baking soda is to mix it with water until it creates a thick paste. Keep the concoction in an airtight jar and you now have plenty of cheap, easy to make toothpaste. 

If you want to try baking soda toothpaste but feel like mixing it with water just isn’t enough, you can always:

  • Intensify the whitening abilities by adding vinegar.
  • Mix in some coconut oil for additional bacteria-fighting power and a smoother toothpaste more similar to store-bought.
  • Change the flavor by adding essential oils or extracts you already have in your baking cabinet. 

At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with San Diego area dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.

It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.

 

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