Re: Baking Soda for Teeth Cleaning
I've used baking soda many times as well and have heard conflicting opinions on this. Some people say that their dentists advise against the use of baking soda because it is too arasive, and others say that it is okay to sprinkle on a toothbrush a couple of times a week. In fact, even directions on boxes of baking soda say that it is okay to use for whitening and cleansing of the mouth.
I haven't asked my dentist about this yet. Maybe I will at my next appointment next week (if I don't forget).
I've also heard that excessive use of baking soda may cause cavities. I can't say for certain that this is true, but since I've used baking soda I've had a number of cavities. I can't say that they are directly correlated since it also could be the other whitening products I've used (Crest WhiteStrips), or the mass amounts of candy I used to eat, haha.
I've stopped using baking soda for a while now mainly because I don't feel the need to whiten my teeth at the moment. I'm more concerned about the health and getting rid of the cavities.
So whether or not you want to use it is really up to you. Dentists all say different things about it. Any whitening product will make your teeth more vulnerable to cavities though, which is very unfortunate.
I have used the Arm & Hammer whitening tooth paste with baking soda, and let me tell you, they use more than a "small concentration" of baking soda in that tooth paste. When I use it I can literally feel the baking soda crystals between my teeth, especially when I bite down (it's almost like sand). It's too much if you ask me, and the tooth paste doesn't taste very good at all (it's not minty enough), but of course, it does whiten pretty well.
So, like I said, it's really up to you. So long as you see your dentist regularly (I had to learn from a bad recent experience and will never skip another dentist appointment again), you should be fine. I would reduce the use of baking soda to 2-3 times a week rather than twice a day though.
Last edited by MoonLight0; 07-14-2007 at 02:25 PM.