Is Baking Soda a Necessary Ingredient in Toothpaste?

Posted on 2/29/2020 by Karl Olson
Is Baking Soda a Necessary Ingredient in Toothpaste?In a word, the answer to is baking soda a necessary ingredient in a toothpaste the answer is no. There is a long debate over should you or should you not use baking soda to whiten your teeth. Here is what are a few things you should keep in mind.

Yes, many people think that baking soda is an all-natural and wholesome way to clean and whiten their teeth, but you should think again about that. Baking soda is an abrasive, and technically a bleach, which can and does with long term use neutralize cavity-causing acids. So, back in the day when you couldn't go to the local store to buy your favorite toothpaste, baking soda made sense because it had the ability to both polish and reduce the acidity in your teeth. However, today you have better options.

In fact, exposing your teeth to baking soda over a long period of time has shown that it can and will erode the enamel of the teeth despite its ability to neutralize acids. Your enamel is like that hard surface of a floor that protects each tooth. Long term use of baking soda has also been shown to produce nerve damage as well and your gums may become more sensitive. It is generally felt that the short term whitening effect you might see by using the baking soda to remove stains on your teeth will not be worth the long term damage of the erosion of enamel because enamel doesn't grow back once it is gone.

The Best Way To Whiten Teeth

The ADA suggests has a complete list of approved kinds of toothpaste that do contain a very small percentage of baking soda or sodium as a cleaning and whitening agent, but the percentage is small enough as not to damage your teeth in any way and yet still have the advantage of the whitening agents. In other words, nothing abrasive. The ADA also recommends the safe and effective whitening techniques offered by our office.

If you are concerned about your teeth and discoloration in any way, we encourage you to call our office. We have many teeth whitening options available and the choice will be different for each person depending on their individual care plan, call us today and we can discuss the many ways to help you get your teeth as white as you need and want them.

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