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.
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.
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.
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.