In the past, baking soda was considered as a substance abrasive to the tooth enamel. I can assume that you have heard this and you are not familiar with the fact that baking soda actually has been used as a tooth cleanser for more than 150 years. When it comes to its abrasiveness, toothpaste is usually rated on a scale from 0 to 200. This is known as the RDA value or Relative Dentin Abrasiveness. So, pure baking soda has an RDA of 7. Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste has the closest RDA to this, and its RDA is 35.
As you can see, baking soda is far from an abrasive substance, and there are plenty of reasons why you should start using baking soda for brushing your teeth. It can whiten your teeth, eliminate stains, and destroy the bacteria that lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
It is scientifically shown that brushing with a commercial Arm & Hammer dentifrice containing 20-65% baking soda can remove more plaque than brushing with other commercial dentifrices which don’t contain baking soda.
Baking Soda and Your Teeth:
Sodium bicarbonate is believed to increase the pH in the oral cavity, which in turn neutralizes the harmful effects of bacterial metabolic acids. Sodium bicarbonate has an abrasive nature and can act as a polish agent, effectively eliminating the plaque layered on the tooth enamel. It is shown that sodium bicarbonate has an abrasiveness that is favorable for the enamel. Compared to other dentifrices, Sodium bicarbonate acts as an effective polishing agent. However, it is very important to use it in the proper amount.
Increases calcium uptake by the enamel which strengthens the enamel.
Many studies showed that bicarbonate has the ability to reduce dental plaque acidity and prevent dental cavities. Moreover, it can inhibit plaque formation on teeth and increase calcium uptake by dental enamel. The experts recognized this effect of bicarbonate on teeth back in October 1985 when a tooth powder containing sodium bicarbonate was patented in the USA.
How to Brush with Baking Soda
First of all, pour some baking soda into a container or small dish. Then, dampen your toothbrush with water and dip the toothbrush in the container with baking soda. It is recommended to brush your teeth for 2 minutes then brush the tongue for additional 20 seconds in order to eliminate the germs. Rinse with water.
We highly recommend you to stop using commercial toothpaste because it is harmful and toxic!