If you are looking for a natural way for teeth whitening, without spending money on expensive products or treatments, using a baking soda can be your alternative solution.
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, will definitely help brighten your smile. Baking soda is amphoteric, which means it can react with acids and bases, which makes it a perfect acids neutralizer, produced by bacteria in plaque.
Baking soda is also a mild abrasive, and that is why is so effective for removing surface stains from your teeth, caused by tea, coffee, cigarettes, and food.
It’s important to know that baking soda will only help to brighten and prevent discoloration of your teeth, only if you use it correctly. Baking soda offers many potential benefits and it is a good addition to your oral care routine.
Teeth Whitening Treatments With Baking Soda
Baking Soda With Water Mix
Mix half a tsp of baking soda with half a tsp of water in a small cup into a fine paste. Put your toothbrush into the cup, and start brushing your teeth for about 1-2 minutes. Be aware that the baking soda is a mild abrasive, so you should not be brushing your teeth any longer, otherwise it may begin to erode the enamel on your teeth. Brush your teeth only up and down and no on the sideways. Remember that the taste of baking soda is not pleasant. Then, wash your mouth with water, as well as the toothbrush.
Repeat this process every second day for one or two weeks and you will notice a small difference in the whiteness of your teeth. After a couple of weeks, continue doing this just once or twice a week. Also, remember that brushing your teeth with baking soda should not replace brushing your teeth with a toothpaste every day.
Baking Soda With Hydrogen Peroxide Mix
Mix half a tsp of hydrogen peroxide (3% solution), which is very effective for teeth whitening with a tsp of baking soda into a paste. Brush your teeth and leave it on your teeth for a 1-2 minutes. Then, wash your mouth with water.
Hydrogen peroxide also can be used as an effective antibacterial mouthwash. Dilute hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water for mouthwash.
Baking Soda With a Lemon or Lime juice
Citric acid found in lemons and limes is an effective bleaching agent. Mix half a tsp of baking soda with half a tsp of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice. Brush your teeth with a toothbrush and leave it on for 1 minute before rinsing your mouth thoroughly.
Be aware, how you are brushing your teeth. Be careful with this treatment, because the citric acid found in lemon or lime is corrosive and may damage your teeth.
Baking Soda With Toothpaste
Mix a little baking soda with your regular toothpaste to get the whitening effect on your teeth. Put the regular toothpaste on your brush, which contains fluoride with protective properties, then sprinkle some baking soda on top, and brush your teeth as normal.