You’ve probably heard about people putting baking soda in, well, everything. Laundry to your fridge to your toothpaste, it’s a pretty universal product. It’s an odor neutralizer, a great baking product, a chemistry necessity, and found in almost every pantry in the country.
What, though, does it actually do when you put it in your toothpaste? It turns out, it does have some benefits.
While it is not universally recommended to brush with baking soda alone, mixing it with a toothpaste might help improve your oral health.
Does it Make a Difference?
Baking soda does a couple of things when included in your mouth care routine. First of all, it actually helps with the pH balance in your mouth. Baking soda has a much higher pH (8.3) than the bad bacteria in our mouth can survive in (mouth decay starts around 5.5).
Using baking soda to brush gently pushes your oral pH to a degree that is a bit more alkaline than it gets to using regular toothpaste. Baking soda is also a salt. Salts, naturally, are antimicrobial. So, in essence, it kills the bad bacteria that colonize on our teeth in multiple fashions.
If you use baking soda, be careful with how aggressively you do so. It is a very gritty substance, so forceful brushing can be abrasive. This is argued frequently, so be mindful. Remember, you are cleaning a body part, not scrubbing a dirty dish.
Whether you have used it before or not, there are undeniably some benefits that accompany adding baking soda to your oral care routine.
Many toothpaste brands now include it in their paste. If you are careful and brush diligently along with frequent visits to your dentist for examinations and advice, baking soda may not be a terrible option. Discuss it with your dentist to ensure that it is a good option for you.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about baking sodas effects on your smile.