Dentist Questions Teeth Whitening

Can I whiten my teeth with baking soda alone?

I want to try natural teeth whitening and I always see those baking soda toothpastes. Will baking soda hurt my teeth? What can I use combined with baking soda to whiten my teeth?

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I have not seen it to be that effective except to help remove stain.
Baking soda works, but it may be too abrasive for your teeth
No, the best thing to do is come in for an exam. Every patient need is different. Please call the office!
Baking soda may help whiten your teeth but be careful since it can be abrasive and lead to sensitivity if you have exposed root surfaces. I have not seen any "natural" product that really work. Do not ever try to use hydrogen peroxide. It is caustic to your tissue and can burn your gums.
You can use baking soda but not too much as it is a bit abrasive on the teeth.
Most of the home remedies to whiten teeth have not been tested and may have safety issues due the lack of quality control (i.e how much quantity to use, what are the concentrations required and how often these procedures should be performed). Nevertheless, several patient have informed me that Coconut Oil pulling, Baking soda with hydrogen peroxide has helped whiten their teeth. I unfortunately am not aware of the best application and the method of use.
Baking Soda will act as a mild abrasive to help clean your teeth and remove some stain, but it will not bleach teeth. The baking soda will dissolve into solution as you use it , so it will not be too abrasive on the teeth. If you add hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda it will keep the amount of bacteria in your mouth down and it will have a mild bleaching effect. It will not be strong enough to have a quick bleaching effect. Long term use will get some bleaching effect. Your fillings or crowns will not bleach, only your existing tooth structure will bleach, so if you have a lot of filling in the front teeth, you may not see much of an effect
Baking soda toothpaste will help to whiten the teeth to some extend. Overusing baking soda might lead to micro-abrasion of the enamel which will make teeth feel not that smooth. There is another natural product for teeth whitening - "My Magic Mud" - whitening tooth powder. It is made of Calcium bentonite clay and Activated charcoal.
It is OK to use baking soda for brushing your teeth.

One important thing about the baking soda is the abrasivity. The hardness of the tooth enamel is a 5 and Baking soda’s hardness rating is 2.5. So, baking soda used consciously isn’t too abrasive. Beside that Baking soda has some benefits:
1. Supports a healthier oral pH.
2. Baking soda lowers bad bacterias count.
3. Helps to gently remove extrinsic stains from teeth.

Xylitol can be combined with Baking soda to boost remineralization. Just make sure that the xylitol is sourced from birch and not corn, you so avoid GMO exposure.

You can clean your teeth with baking soda for certain point. But you will never achieve complete whitening. Talk to your dentist first
Baking soda is absolutely acceptable as a means of whitening teeth. However, the gold standard for teeth whitening is to have an in-office whitening done. We would be happy to provide that service for you and guide you on how to supplement your oral hygiene with baking soda.

I hope this answers your question. Feel free to ask anything else!
Thank you.

Dr. Anand
Baking soda alone will ineffectively whiten teeth. Carbamide peroxide in sufficient concentration will most effectively whiten teeth. The thicker one's enamel is, the more effective tooth whitening results.
Baking soda can provide very limited whitening of surface stains on your teeth. This effect can be somewhat improved when mixed with hydrogen peroxide to form a paste to apply to the teeth, but this should only be used for a few days at a time. The risk of doing this is that baking soda can be abrasive to the enamel on your teeth. You will achieve more whitening effect (and in a safer manner to your teeth) from an over-the-counter product such as Crest whitening strips or Rembrant whitening trays. In addition, there are other options for whitening available in a dental office, such as Zoom or Kor. I would suggest visiting your local dental office to discuss these options.

Baking soda is a mild abrasive, just like the whitening ingredients in some of the whitening toothpaste,such as magnesium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides and calcium carbonate. Abrasives will remove some surface stain, but not deeply embedded stain. Going to see a dental professional will usually get more noticeable results. Professional whitening product will not cause damage to teeth as along as it is used properly and infrequently. There are numerous bleaching products to choose from, make sure it is high in quality and produces minimal sensitivity. Hope this helps.

Dr. Kathleen Young
Yes baking soda does work for some people. But I would recommend consulting your dentist first because everyone's case is different.
Greetings. Baking soda(sodium bicarbonate NaHCO3)- is a base. It has a high pH (pH measures acidity) So it might raise the pH(make it more basic) of the mouth and stomach. This would be particularly helpful to someone who tends to have a acidic stomach or mouth(remember stomach acid(HCL hydrochloric acid has a pH of 1). It might help and sooth the gums by raising the pH (lowering the acid level)

I did caution my patients that it could be slighty abrasive on the enamal but I haven't read the studies to back this up As far as whitening, I can't really say, but it probably does, by cleaning better in combination with toothpastes and other whiteners. Thank you for asking the question. ​
I have not seen great bleaching results with baking soda. I have seen some good effects on gums from baking soda.
Baking soda is naturally abrasive which will remove superficial stains from your teeth. But it also can damage the enamel with excessive use. Most people have darker teeth because of long term, deeper stains. These require bleaching to reach and affect. Short answer: It will not hurt you in the short-term but it might not do much good either.
Baking soda won't whiten your teeth but you may be able to remove some extrinsic surface staining using it.
Baking soda acts as an abrasive so in theory it can damage teeth however in practice straight baking soda has a very low dentine abrasivity. Most commercial toothpastes will have a higher abrasivity, so prima favor baking soda is safe to use.
Hi. Baking soda can be helpful if it is not mixed too thick. It is very abrasive and can damage tooth enamel if left to gritty . You can make a paste with Arm and Hammer baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and coconut oil. Make sure the baking soda is fully dissolved to prevent damage to your enamel. I also recommend to rinse with sea salt water after using it to remineralize your enamel. If using an OTC product just read the ingredients to make sure natural enough for your liking. Unfortunately, in my opinion, they put ingredients in toothpaste which are harmful, including but not limited to sodium laurel sulfate and artificial sweeteners and flavors. Coconut oil can also be applied to your teeth with your finger, on a washcloth or toothbrush. Oil pulling with coconut oil can be beneficial also. Just make sure to spit out the oil in a trashcan. Dr Axe has more information online on homemade toothpaste and whitening.
I will be happy to answer your question.
No. Baking soda will not hurt your gums. Instead, it can increase the pH of your mouth which in return, decreases your risk of cavities if you do everything else right.
Hydrogen peroxide can help whiten your teeth but it will take a long time considering that the concentration of the over the counter form is only 3 percent. The other problem I see is that long term use may kill the good bacteria in your mouth leaving you vulnerable for opportunistic infections. Oxygen can be, believe it or not a poison for live cells!
Baking soda may take off some external staining, but the main reason to use baking soda is to reduce the amount of acidity that the bacteria release in your mouth which causes weakening of enamel and subsequent cavities. So baking soda will help prevent cavities. Dark teeth need a bleaching agent that penetrates through the enamel crystalline structure and oxidizes the intrinsic stain in the tooth. No matter what you have read on the Internet, there is no legitimate research that indicates whitening agents will damage your teeth. Color of the tooth comes from the inside because enamel is translucent. In office treatments or custom bleaching trays will provide the best results because those bleaching agents penetrate deeper which will brighter your teeth. See your dentist because they will be able to make your smile look the best.
Baking soda will not harm the enamel due to its ph level and has been found to be extremely effective as a toothpaste additive. Arm and Hammer actually has a toothpaste with whitening in it that I have tried and like. Hope this helps.
You may use baking soda type products like Toms of Maine.

They are mildly abrasive and will not hurt your teeth. I might suggest that you mix the baking soda tooth paste with some hydrogen peroxide. However at the first sign of sore gum tissue I would discontinue the hydrogen peroxide. Really you should consult a dentist in person as well ; I usually find that people have other deficiencies in tooth shape and size that are aesthetically more important than the color. Perhaps a tailor made approach to your smile makeover may be indicated.
Baking Soda mixed with water is a great way to clean and whiten your teeth.

I recommend this for patients who are sensitive to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or any other ingredients in toothpaste. Using an electric tooth brush like a Sonicare will also help whiten your teeth.
There isn't really a safe natural way of whitening teeth. A lot of the home remedies are dangerous. The best you can do if you are not willing to have in office whitening would be super smile toothpaste and whitening accelerator. It was formulated by a dentist. The process of truly getting your teeth whiter requires hydrogen peroxide to open up the pores of the teeth and lift all the stains and pigments that have deposited over time. The safest way to do this treatment is in office Zoom because the kits come with all the barriers for the gums, lips and cheek to keep the hydrogen peroxide almost entirely on the teeth. Also we can use a stronger prescription strength hydrogen peroxide with unique buffers and LED light frequencies to create the equivalent of 30 days of home bleaching in around 1 hour. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Dr. Bishop
Baking soda can be very abrasive and thus may cause some sensitivity. Hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and water may help to whiten teeth.
I wouldn't advocate using baking soda in your mouth. My mom told me that back in her day in Sri Lanka they used to brush with charcoal & afterwards her teeth will be white. I'm not advocating this. I suggest getting professional bleaching trays made & using whitening gels prescribed by a dentist or hygienist
In answer to your question if baking soda will hurt your teeth and what to combine with it to whiten them. Although baking soda is a commonly used product, it is not without risk. Overuse can damage the enamel of the teeth, resulting in sensitivity and increasing the risk for cavities. It should be used no more than once a week. That’s why it’s important to follow any baking soda routine by brushing with toothpaste, flossing and rinsing the mouth out well. Baking soda can remove surface stains on the teeth, but to enhance its whitening effects it can be used with hydrogen peroxide. I would still recommend consulting with your dentist on what would be best routine for you as far as teeth whitening.
Baking soda is very abrasive and can be harmful around your gums if not careful. It will remove some stain, but will not do a complete job.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Blourchian

Baking soda will not hurt your teeth as long as you brush gently with it, and use a soft tooth brush. There is a whitening system used nowadays which does a gentle whitening and has no side effects. I use it in my practice and my patients are happy with it. It is called Iveri. Is not as aggressive as Zoom, and it can be used every 6 months. The whitening procedure takes 20 minutes, and it is done in the dental office, ideally after the dental cleaning. The cost is 129$. I hope this information helps. If you have other questions please feel free to go to my website, and send the question through an appointment request.

Dr Monica Dinca
Baking soda will not hurt your teeth. You can even make a paste with some hydrogen peroxide and brush with it. You can do this as long as you do not have any sensitivity with your teeth.
Baking soda can be abrasive to the enamel. While it may remove superficial stains such as coffee, tea, etc., we would recommend a baking soda toothpaste. However, most deep stains will not change in appearance. Currently, we are not aware of natural bleaching products. We recommend Opalescence bleaching products here in our office.
Baking soda combined with a couple drops of water will remove stains from the surface of your teeth. Good oral hygiene, flowing and brushing, will maintain your teeth healthy. Hope this helped.

Baking soda is an abrasive material that can be harmful for your teeth.
Teeth whitening with natural products has its limits. Depending on your age, you can not always return to your usual youthful and radiant white smile, since natural use reduces the enamel. If the protective enamel has been reduced too thin, the underlying yellow layer (dentin) shines outwards and gives the tooth a yellowish character.

Despite all this, the attempt to flush with coconut oil can be helpful. Simply take the amount of a teaspoon into the mouth and keep it in the mouth for up to 10 minutes and rinse, daily.
Baking soda does not hurt your teeth. You can mix it with a little water to make a paste and brush with it. Hope this is helpful to you!

Tristan Schaffer/Office Manager(610) 432-1228
Baking soda is an effective dentifrice although it lacks the benefit of fluoride. When combined with hydrogen peroxide it can help remove stains on the teeth.
Measure a small amount (1 tsp) baking soda, then with a toothbrush moistened in 4% (mild) H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide), or even water if you
run out of H2O2, brush with a scrubbing motion. Make this your routine 2x a day or more

Dr. John

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Baking soda removes stains, but does not bleach teeth.
You cannot whiten your teeth with baking soda alone. You need to use the various in-office or over the counter whitening products.
There are many products out there that claim to whiten teeth. Each case and each person is different and requires an office visit to decide what might work best for you.
Mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide, instead of lemon juice. Then, brush your teeth with that paste for a few minutes. Rinse out.
You can use baking soda to whiten teeth if mixed with water. Be sure to rinse all extra baking soda out of the mouth when you are done brushing and do not swallow the baking soda. An easier way to incorporate baking soda is to use a premade toothpaste such as Arm and Hammer or Mentadent. Always visit your dentist twice a year.