Words of Wisdom No.6 – Brush your teeth with baking soda once a week

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Everyone learns at a young age that brushing and flossing regularly can keep your teeth healthy and create a bright, white smile, but there is an extra step that can make your smile even more radiant. Brushing your teeth with baking soda once a week can remove discolorations and stains from the teeth’s enamel, including those left by drinking soda, tea, coffee and other dark beverages.

Benefits of Baking Soda

Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda can be purchased at any grocery store and is a weak alkaline compound with a crystal-like white appearance. It’s ideal for brushing your teeth once a week because it is easily available, polishes the teeth to give them a brighter, whiter appearance, and it even fights bad breath.  There are two different methods for brushing your teeth with baking soda. Try these options and decide which one is best for you.

Brushing with Powder

1. Wet your toothbrush, then dip it into baking soda. Wetting the brush first will help the powder stick to the bristles.

2. Brush your teeth as normal, using light pressure for two minutes.

3. Remove any remaining baking soda by rinsing with water.

Combining Baking Soda and Toothpaste

This method combines the cleaning power of both baking soda and toothpaste.

1. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on your toothpaste after squeezing it on to your brush.

2. Brush your teeth normally.

3. Rinse your mouth with water to remove any residual toothpaste or baking soda.

Because baking soda can be mildly abrasive, brush with it only once per week. It’s important to continue to use toothpaste because baking soda won’t eliminate cavity-causing bacteria. Baking soda shouldn’t be used by people with Invisalign or braces unless instructed by an orthodontist.

To learn more about how to properly care for your teeth, Invisalign or braces, contact an orthodontist at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics in Larkspur to schedule an appointment!

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