Brushing with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a household product that has many uses at home. It can eliminate smells and clean carpets. Baking soda can be found in many toothpastes and teeth-Bleaching products. Using it to remove stains from teeth is common practice. When mixed with lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide, it does an excellent job at removing surface stains, but you should use caution to prevent damage to your enamel. Dr. Fondriest explains a natural way to keep your teeth white: buffing with baking soda.

 

Remove Teeth Stains at Home

Do you ever wonder why children’s teeth are so pearly white? One reason is because they are young and their teeth are new. As time goes by your teeth can discolor and stain according to the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. Your tooth enamel also becomes thinner as you age, allowing your tooth dentin to show through. Dentin is not white therefore your teeth will begin to appear discolored. If you find teeth whitening treatments make your teeth and gums sensitive you might want to try a natural treatment.

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

The common wisdom regarding the staining of teeth is that if it will stain your clothes, it will stain your teeth. Several things, then, can cause tooth stains including coffee, tea, chocolate, tomato sauce, and sodas. If you are interested in removing tooth stains without bleaching try baking soda and lemon juice (or hydrogen peroxide). Mix baking soda with lemon juice to form a paste and brush it onto your teeth. Let it set a minute, then brush your teeth to remove it. The lemon juice can be replaced with salt if you find lemon juice too harsh or unpalatable. The sodium bicarbonate helps to remove the stains while the lemon juice whitens the teeth. This method can be abrasive so it is only recommended a few times a week, and do not let the mixture remain on your teeth for more than a minute. Otherwise, it may cause damage to your tooth enamel.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University Of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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