Another popular application for baking soda is as a replacement for toothpaste. Although there are many toothpastes that use baking soda as a key ingredient, replacing your toothpaste with baking soda is not recommended. In addition to scrubbing away your enamel, baking soda will not remove the same amount of cavity-causing bacteria from your teeth as toothpaste will, and it doesn’t supply your teeth with fluoride, which helps your teeth repair themselves. Leaving these bacteria in your mouth can not only result in tooth decay, but can also lead to gum disease such as gingivitis. Using baking soda can also cause gum irritation in some individuals.
Braces and Dental Fixtures
The use of baking soda is especially not recommended for individuals with braces or other restoration work such as inlays and onlays. The improper use of baking soda can cause the fixatives holding these appliances in place to weaken. This weakening can cause dark staining to appear on your teeth. In more serious cases, the fixative may be damaged and the restoration will come loose.
Talk To Your Dental Care Provider
Your oral health is important, and should not be left to chance when using at-home remedies. Baking soda is one of the more benign home remedies and causes little damage with occasional use, but other remedies can result in more severe damage. In general, it is recommended to use professional products to care for your teeth in order to avoid causing lasting damage. Professional care will also help you achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time.
For more information about professional tooth whitening and oral hygiene, please call (918) 528-3330 to make an appointment today.