So when your friend said she used hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to whiten her teeth, did you believe her? Why not? Trust us; your friend wasn’t lying. It is possible to whiten your teeth with baking soda. Drinking carbonated beverages and wine, smoking, eating acidic and sugary sweets are all responsible for your discolored teeth. Tooth discoloration doesn’t only make your smile look bad; it’s not good for oral health. An amazing solution lies within your kitchen to improve the esthetics of your teeth. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) – is a salty, alkaline powder that has abrasive properties. These properties effectively remove plaque buildup on your teeth, giving you a healthy and shiny smile.
The best way to give your teeth a glowing treat is to visit your dentist and undergo a professional whitening experience. But, the cost of in-office treatment is not what everyone wants. When looking for some low-budget whitening solutions, the use of baking soda tops the list.
Below in this article, we will explore four different methods of using baking soda for whitening your teeth.
1. Toothpaste + Baking Soda
This is by far the easiest way. Just sprinkle a little baking soda on your toothpaste and brush your teeth as you normally do.
2. Water And Baking Soda
The most common teeth whitening way is to use a mixture of baking soda and water. Take a cup or small bowl, add a few drops of water with half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate, and stir to make a paste. Use your finger or toothbrush, apply the paste on your teeth, and leave it like that for 2-3 minutes. Now thoroughly rinse with water.
3. Baking soda and lemon
Lemon contains citric acid, which is a natural bleaching agent. Take half a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with half a teaspoon lemon juice, and make up a paste to whiten your teeth. Brushing your teeth with this lemon-soda mixture will do wonders.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking soda
Brush your teeth with a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to whiten your smile. To form a mixture, take a half teaspoon or a little more baking soda and mix it with half teaspoon hydrogen peroxide until you get a sticky semi-liquid solution. Use this toothpaste-like mixture to brush your teeth and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Now rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.
How long does it take to whiten teeth with baking soda?
Although you may feel some whiteness within a few days, the true results of this home teeth whitening solution will be visible after a few weeks. But remember one thing; whenever you brush your teeth with sodium bicarbonate solution, don’t keep in on for more than two minutes, or you might end up eroding your teeth. And after the usage, properly rinse your mouth and toothbrush with water.
Prolonged exposure to baking soda paste can also lead to gum inflammation. If you notice that, stop the whitening technique for a few days. If the problem worsens, visit your dentist. To schedule an appointment with Pearl Dentistry, call 713.766.4389.