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Is Baking Soda Too Rough on Your Teeth?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Smile More Spokane Family Dentistry
Photo of baking soda that a patient took to show the dentist at Smile More Spokane Family Dentistry in Spokane, WABaking soda is a popular household staple used for everything from cleaning to baking. It's also become a popular ingredient in DIY oral care products, often touted as a natural alternative to conventional toothpaste. But with its abrasive texture, many people wonder: is baking soda too rough on your teeth?

The Truth About Baking Soda

Baking soda is indeed abrasive, and while it can be effective in removing surface stains, overuse can damage tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth, and once it's worn down, it can't be repaired. This can lead to increased sensitivity, tooth decay, and even fractured teeth.

When Baking Soda Can Be Beneficial

While baking soda might not be the best choice for daily brushing, it can be helpful in specific situations. For example, it can be used occasionally to remove stubborn stains from coffee, tea, or red wine. It can also be used as a gentle exfoliant to remove dead skin cells from the lips.

A Safer Approach to Oral Care

Instead of relying on baking soda, there are several safer and more effective ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Here are a few tips:
•  Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent cavities.
•  Floss daily. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth, where your toothbrush can't reach.
•  See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Professional cleanings remove tartar and plaque buildup, and your dentist can identify any potential problems early on.

Ultimately, the best way to care for your teeth is to talk to your dentist. They can assess your individual needs and recommend the best oral care routine for you.
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