Does Brushing With Baking Soda REALLY Whiten Your Teeth?

Baking SodaA lot of people will tell you to brush your teeth with baking soda to whiten yellow teeth.

But I have to say, I tried the whole baking soda/water mixture for my teeth and didn’t notice a big difference at all.

In my opinion, baking soda will remove some surface stains and maintain white teeth, but it’s not going to brighten your teeth significantly — especially if your teeth are severely stained.

First of all, it tastes gross to me so maybe that’s why I never stuck with it.

Now I did make a homemade toothpaste with baking soda once, but what helped was adding Xylitol and peppermint drops for taste.

So I’m not saying baking soda doesn’t work, because it does remove surface stains.  It’s just not going to give you drastic results.

I’ve had much better results using my Sonicare toothbrush regularly and gel whitening strips.

my white teeth

The results are long-lasting and you don’t get that horrible taste. :)

Don’t get me wrong.  The whitening strips don’t taste all that great either, but they don’t taste nearly as bad as baking soda.


baking soda and lemon

Be Careful of Using Lemon & Baking Soda

I’ve seen some articles and videos that suggest mixing lemon and baking soda to help whiten your teeth.

Be careful.

Too much lemon can actually ruin your enamel because of the acid.

Using this every so often may not be as bad, but use with caution.

There’s a lot of bad advice out here on the Internet and if you aren’t verifying the info with your dentist, you could risk harming your teeth.

Also, baking soda is somewhat abrasive, so I wouldn’t use it by itself too often.  However, if it’s mixed into a store brand toothpaste then that’s a different story because the concentration is lower.

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  1. milo says

    I was in my 60’s before getting regular cleanings by a dentist. I never had brown teeth, but after several cleanings my teeth started turning brown shortly after being cleaned from coffee and tea. I think the cleanings had something to do with my teeth turning brown and stopped going to the dentist. My teeth got worse over time. Eventually I came up with the perfect solution for me. I made a paste with baking soda and a little water and used a Q-tip with the paste to clean my teeth. It works like a charm and my teeth stay whiter much longer than they did when cleaned at the dentist office. I know I am being suspicious, but I think they put something on my teeth to make them turn brown faster.

    • Barf says

      I use baking powder and lemon juice and it works like a charm and I don’t think u should have stopped going to the dentist

    • becks says

      i agree my teeth also go browny coloured muck quicker since having them cleaned at dentist, so i am going to tgive baking soda a try and see what happpens

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