Although sugary, carbonated sodas are an enemy of your tooth enamel, there is a soda that is good for your teeth: baking soda. Baking soda is a white crystalline powder known to scientists as sodium bicarbonate. Its native and physical properties allow it to be used for a wide range of applications. Baking soda is used for cleaning and deodorizing. It is used in toothpastes, mouthwash, bath salts, deodorants, and can be used to extinguish fires. Its crystalline structure makes it a gentle abrasive that removes dirt and stains without scratching surfaces. So…who said soda is bad for your teeth?
How Our Teeth Stain
As you age, your teeth can become discolored from the foods you eat, the beverages you drink, smoking, and medications. Your teeth can also darken due to the wearing or thinning of your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel thins as you age and begins to show more of the underlying layer of dentin which is not white. This makes your teeth appear darker and discolored. If you are looking for a natural way to keep your teeth white, look in your cupboard.
Baking soda is a staple in many cupboards. If you would like to whiten your teeth naturally, or maintain their brightness between professional or over-the-counter whitenings, try brushing with baking soda. Mix baking soda with a bit of water to create a paste and brush. An even better mixture consists of baking soda and lemon juice. The baking soda helps remove stains while the lemon juice whitens your teeth. Replacing your fluoridated toothpaste solely with baking soda and lemon juice is not recommended. Fluoride has been proven to help strengthen tooth enamel and fight cavities. Instead, supplement your dental hygiene regimen with baking soda brushings a few times a week.
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