Sharing my tips on how to whiten teeth with baking soda and how to do it at home. As always, talk to your dentist before doing anything to your teeth. As we all know, I am not a dentist and do not work in the dental industry. Sharing my experience!
Hello friends! How is the morning going so far? I’m getting ready for a little photoshoot and also a podcast interview later today. I hope you have a wonderful day ahead!
For today’s post, I am doing a little reader request and sharing my experience of whitening my teeth with baking soda. I often get questions about what I use for my teeth and my routine is pretty simple. I tend to stay away from traditional whitening products and whitening procedures because they increase the sensitivity of my teeth and I don’t like the ingredients.
Having a whiter smile will definitely boost your confidence, and standard teeth whitening products can be difficult to budget for. Not all of them are effective, they can contain sketchy ingredients, and there are some home remedies that can help whiten teeth, including baking soda! I am dedicating this post to share my experience of whitening my teeth with baking soda and my favorite dental products. 🙂
How to Whiten Teeth with Baking Soda
Baking soda is my #1 favorite way to whiten my teeth. Although baking soda is an effective teeth whitening agent, there are factors to consider before using it. Before diving into the actual methods I am going to share a couple of precautions. (And another friendly reminder to talk to your dentist before doing anything with your teeth.)
Is it safe to brush your teeth with baking soda?
Yes, in most cases. Although baking soda is safe to use for teeth whitening, it can be abrasive when used in large amounts. Baking soda, when used excessively, can destroy the surface enamel of the tooth. You want to make sure you don’t use it too often, leave it on your teeth too long, or use too much. A little goes a long way!
How to use baking soda to whiten teeth
Baking soda paste
This is my go-to method. I topped my toothbrush with baking soda and added some water to make a paste. I add enough for my entire mouth. I gently place the paste on my teeth and leave it here for about 3 minutes to set. Then, I use a brush, scrub, and rinse. Word to the world: It tastes terrible. I curl my lips and try to avoid tasting it. I do this once a month, but my dental hygienist said weekly is fine.
Baking soda with toothpaste
You can mix some baking soda with your toothpaste or use a toothpaste that contains baking soda.
Baking soda mouthwash
It is a cheap and effective alternative to traditional alcohol based mouthwash. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water, swish and rinse. (Be careful not to swallow the mixture.)
Baking soda and lemon
This is a common method, but not one I have tried or recommend. Baking soda and water does its own trick so it’s too harsh and I think it’s unnecessary.
Before and after baking soda teeth whitening
I was close to sharing some before and after pictures but there’s no good way to do it without you seeing all my pores or looking in my nose lol. So let’s just say trust me there is a visible difference when I do this.
My favorite dental products for shiny, happy teeth and a healthy mouth:
– Tongue scraper. I got mine from Thrive Market and P wanted her own, so now she has one too. (Use this link and you’ll get 40% off your first order!) This is one of the first things I do every day and I do it at night before bed.
– this mouthwash; Also from Thrive Market! (Last time I checked it was on sale for 50% off)
– Cocofloss. It is the best floss in all the land. Once you try Cocofloss, you’ll never go back. It is very thick, has a natural flavor and feels like a loofah on your teeth; This will get everything out between your teeth.
– Oil pulling. I oil pull in the morning when I have time or before bed. I just put a teaspoon of coconut oil in my mouth and swish around while I’m getting ready for the day or bed (about 10 minutes), then I rinse and brush.
– A waterpik. Sometimes I get out of routine, but I try to waterpik every night before bed. I notice a huge difference when I do this regularly.
– Our go-to toothpaste for the whole family is Tom’s Fluoride-Free Whitening
– I cannot stress enough the importance of general cleaning. We used to dread the dentist, but now we’ve found so many family-friendly dentists who are reasonable in their recommendations (shout out to the best!), which has made a huge difference. I’m lucky that our insurance covers cleanings every 4 months, so I get my teeth cleaned 3 times a year.
Do you use whitening products on your teeth? What’s your go-to?
If you’re looking for more easy DIYs, check out this homemade sea salt spray and this homemade lip scrub for dry lips.