Having whiter teeth is everybody’s intention. How to achieve that goal is quite another story. There are 3 choices you can make: visit a professional (dentist) – most expensive choice; use professional whitening kit at home – less expensive choice; DIY with ingredients that can be found in every household and are inexpensive. Baking soda teeth whitening is the least expensive and effective method.
Some background first
Baking soda is actually sodium bicarbonate, a chemical compound that makes it a great mild abrasive. Combined with equal part of water, it makes a toothpaste-like mixture. It is good (if used with caution) for removing coffee, tea, or nicotine stains. For deeper stains, professionals use hydrogen peroxide – another common household item.
Is baking soda teeth whitening a myth?
No, it’s not. It actually works. External stains from coffee, tea, or nicotine can be removed with the use of baking soda, thus giving you a “whiter” teeth. However, you should use it with caution, since it may damage the enamel on your teeth.
Most common methods
1. Baking soda and water mixture
Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water to make a paste. Apply to your teeth with a brush using only up-down moves. This way you are minimizing the possibility to damage the enamel on your teeth. Let it stay on your teeth for 2 minutes. Rinse. Do this for 2 weeks every other day. After a few days you should be able to see the first results, but the best results are achieved after 2 weeks. After the first two-week period, you slow down and use baking soda teeth whitening method once a week, only to clean some fresh stains.
2. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture
Hydrogen peroxide is another common household item. Make sure you use 3% solution, that is safe for oral use. Baking soda teeth whitening method with hydrogen peroxide added to the mix is probably the best there is. Mix half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of baking soda into a paste similar to toothpaste. Brush your teeth and let it seat there for 1-2 minutes. This method will clean the external stains on your teeth, but also some deeper stains, thanks to the hydrogen peroxide. Caution: in your mouth, hydrogen peroxide will create a foam. Don’t be alarmed, that’s the way it should be.
Equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water make effective antibacterial mouthwash liquid.
3. Baking soda and lemon or lime juice mixture
If you like to bleach your teeth, you can use this mixture. Mix half teaspoon of baking soda with half teaspoon of lemon or lime juice. Brush the mixture on your teeth and let it stay there for 1 minute. Rinse thoroughly. Citric acid found in lemon and lime juice will bleach your teeth, but it also has corrosive properties and may damage your teeth if left there for too long.
4. Baking soda and toothpaste
Simply sprinkle baking soda on your regular toothpaste. This way you may benefit from both the soda and the protective properties of your regular toothpaste.