Does baking soda damage tooth enamel?
By Billy from Detroit, MI
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Three of my grandparents brushed their teeth nearly their entire lives with a good old fashioned baking soda paste made with water. One never used a toothbrush but rather his finger. Two passed away in their 70's and the other passed away in her 90's. All passed away with no enamel or tooth decay and all still had all of their teeth.
Too vigorous brushing or too hard of toothbrush bristles will cause much more damage than a baking soda paste.
Yes, tooth enamel will wear off when using baking soda, making the teeth very sensitive and vulnerable to cavities. Thus, chronic use of baking soda can cause permanent damage to the teeth, and can even damage the tooth's surface,don't use it every day,good luck.
By Litter Gitter03/29/2010
I grew up using baking soda to brush my teeth. Even now, I occasionally use it to whiten my teeth and remove tea and coffee stains.
Brushing with too much pressure or with a brush that is anything but SOFT will wear away tooth enamel. Baking soda usually won't do any damage, but if you have thin tooth enamel to start with, use a hard bristle toothbrush, and a lot of pressure, you'll probably end up with problems.
I have been a dental hygienist for 39 years and I have many patients that are using a toothpaste with baking soda. Tooth paste with baking soda is high on the market now and has been ADA approved. However, if you start feeling any sensitivity, stop using it awhile and then maybe only brush with it several times a week.
My only worry would be the abrasiveness of it. The toothpastes with it are formulated to be less abrasive; but I really don't know about baking soda itself. Hopefully someone can tell us if it is too abrasive to use straight every time.
People used to use baking soda instead of tooth paste all the time. In fact I have heard of dentists recommending it at various times. I imagine it's like everything else there will be pros and cons.
I don't think it does. I have been using Arm and Hammer Complete Care tooth paste on the advise of my dentist for many years with no bad effects. Baking soda is the leading ingredient in Arm and Hammer toorh paste.
Here are questions related to Does Baking Soda Damage Tooth Enamel?.
Will half of a teaspoon of water and baking soda work for your teeth? Will it wear off the enamel on your teeth?
You will be fine. I swish with a tiny bit of peroxide (main ingredient in whitening strips and paste) and dip my brush in baking soda afterwards. GREAT results.
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Will brushing my teeth with a toothpaste containing baking soda be harmful for the enamel on my teeth?
Mel from London
When you are done, your mouth feels so good and clean. I don't eat or drink for a while. The peroxide is a wonderful thing for your gums and the saliva, with the baking soda and peroxide, sort of helps to equalize things. I have done this for years. I know people who use baking soda or sea salt to brush their teeth and have no problems. Personally, I think fluoride is poisonous, so I don't use it. (10/16/2008)
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