Shine Your Teeth Naturally: Use Baking Soda for Brushing Teeth!

“A brilliant smile radiates confidence!” And a smile holding red lips and white teeth is one of the best gift you can have for self and the world around you. How about looking for something natural for your teeth whitening? If you are thinking to try something safe and easy homemade thing for brushing your teeth instead of the commercial toothpastes then all you can look for is baking soda which is off course a common household item usually available at our homes for cleaning carpets. So, in this article we will talk about using baking soda for brushing teeth or in teeth whitening and will mention about how to naturally brush your teeth with baking soda and the precautions while doing the same.

Shine Your Teeth Naturally

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

Before we go to the treatment in any disease it is good to know its causes. Similarly, before we go for knowing how to brush or whiten our teeth we must take a look on what causes our teeth turn yellow.

Our tooth is made of enamel which is the strong covering white in color and protects the tooth, the dentine which supports the enamel is yellow in color carrying nerves, the pulp which is at the tooth center contains blood and lymph vessels, and the cementum covering the root of the tooth. Factors that play major part in discoloration or yellowing of teeth include the kind of food and drink we intake and the way we take care of our oral hygiene. The nasty foods and drinks stain the enamel and over time they practically breakdown the enamel. Once the enamel breaks down, the tooth starts appearing yellow as the enamels reveal the yellow material underneath, i.e., the dentin.

Now, in the following paragraphs we will talk about how to make use of baking soda in brushing for whitening of teeth.

Baking Soda and Reasons Behind Brushing Teeth With It:

Before we go further, let us know about baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate is commonly known as baking soda. Baking soda looks like the washing soda and is a weak alkaline compound having a crystalline and white appearance. Now how about knowing about the reasons behind brushing teeth with baking soda? Check them out below.

  • Brushing teeth with baking soda polishes them and gives them a cleaner and whiter appearance.
  • Baking soda helps in eradicating bad breath.
  • It assists in removing tooth plaque which can further lead to tooth decay.
  • Baking soda is beneficial for the overall dental health.
  • Baking soda is the cheapest material available for teeth whitening.

How To Brush Teeth With Baking Soda

How To Brush Teeth With Baking Soda?

Here below are some of the guidelines presented for making it clear about how to brush your teeth by using baking soda.

  1. Simple Use of Baking Soda in its Powder Form For Teeth Whitening

    • Baking soda in powder form can be used directly for brushing, but it must be kept in mind that it can result in a kind of burning sensation which can sometimes get worse. You need to stop brushing immediately and rinse out the mouth with plenty of water.
    • To begin with, wet your toothbrush with water and then dip the brush into the baking soda.
    • Once all the toothbrush bristles get completely covered with baking soda, it looks like a white paste.
    • Brush only for two minutes and then rinse with water properly.
    • Do not exceed more than twice of brushing with baking soda in a day
  2. Baking Soda Combined With Vinegar For Teeth Whitening:

    • Dissolve baking soda along with a pinch of salt in few drops of vinegar in water
    • Mix it all well and dip your toothbrush into the mixture
    • Brush gently for 2 minutes and rinse your mouth properly and brush with toothpaste again
  3. Baking Soda and Strawberries For Shining your Teeth Naturally:

    • Strawberries are known to have excellent properties of teeth whitening. So, baking soda combined with strawberries can be helpful here
      mash one fresh and ripe strawberry into a pulp and mix it with baking soda to form a kind of paste to brush your teeth with.
    • Take this paste in a toothbrush and brush your teeth for 2 minutes
    • Then rinse your mouth
  4. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice For Whitening the Teeth Naturally:

    • Lemon juice along with baking soda can be used for brushing teeth
    • Apply the mixture of lemon juice and baking soda power in your teeth
    • Allow it to stand for 2 minutes and then rinse the mouth with water
  5. Baking Soda with Toothpaste:

    • This is simple where you just need to mix baking soda with toothpaste and brush for 2 minutes
    • Rinse your mouth with clean water. ‘
    • It helps in teeth whitening, removal of plaques and overall dental health
  6. Baking Soda Combined with Hydrogen Peroxide For Teeth Whitening:

    • Hydrogen peroxide is known for its bleaching effects and teeth whitening
    • First dip the toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide
    • Then dip it with baking soda,
    • Brush for 2 minutes and rinse your mouth
  7. Baking Soda and Salt Mixture For Teeth Whitening Naturally:

    • Make a mixture of baking soda and salt to use for brushing your teeth
    • Add one teaspoon of salt to three tablespoon of baking soda,
    • Use this for brushing about 2 minutes and then rinse with water.
  8. Baking soda combined with glycerine and peppermint extract Helps You Whiten Your Teeth Naturally:

    • Create a toothpaste combining baking soda, glycerine and peppermint extracts
    • Mix 3 teaspoon of glycerine with a few drops of peppermint oil
    • To this, add half teaspoon of salt is added to 5 teaspoon of baking soda.
    • Apply the mixture in your toothbrush and brush your teeth for shining white
    • Finally rinse your teeth properly with water

Disadvantages of Brushing Teeth With Baking Soda:

  • You might be wondering if there is any disadvantage using baking soda for brushing teeth? Here are some of the disadvantages mentioned below.
  • Baking soda is mildly abrasive to the enamel in teeth and thus if used repeatedly it can lead to weakening of the enamel, which can make the teeth more sensitive and more prone to dental cavities.
  • One more disadvantage is baking soda cannot kill the bacteria. So you need to use the toothpaste for preventing cavities once you have brushed with baking soda.
  • One more disadvantage is you cannot brush your teeth in case you have braces as baking soda can cause them to fall out.


We all want things to be at their right place. But to have them so, we need to be careful enough in choosing our modes of organizing. Same is in case you want to take the benefits of the household product baking soda for brushing or teeth whitening then be very much aware of the disadvantages too and take preventive measures to avoid the risks. Try not to brush repeatedly with baking soda for long time. Keep a limit of 2 minutes brushing with baking soda and do use toothpastes for brushing after done with the brushing with baking soda.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 10, 2019

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