The smile is a business card that reveals people both in terms of hygiene and health. Therefore, we care about paying attention and maintaining proper oral hygiene. However, there are times that we follow practices that others recommend without first consulting a professional. Wanting to have whiter teeth may be one of the reasons, but we cannot forget that we must first talk with our trusted dentist to advise us. Today from our orthodontic clinic we want to tell you the truth about one of these practices: use of sodium bicarbonate for teeth.
Baking soda for whiter teeth?
The appearance and general state of our smile depends solely and exclusively on each person, on the attention given to him on a daily basis and on the regular visit made to the dentist, so that he examines every detail.
In this effort to have a spectacular smile, small traps can arise that threaten oral health completely. The most classic myth that comes out is that sodium bicarbonate is an excellent ally for whitening teeth. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Sodium bicarbonate acts on the teeth as a corrosive element, which destroys the film that covers each tooth to protect it. Its action over time becomes irreversible and opens the doors to different difficulties in oral health.
In addition to these negative effects, it is possible that excessive use affects the gums, making them more sensitive and prone to infections. Even when the person applies this treatment to whiten their teeth it is possible that this part of the mouth bleeds and has sensitivity for several days.
This element can be found within the formulas of toothpastes. Therefore, we recommend you check the composition of yours and acquire the one with the lowest amount of sodium bicarbonate. This way, your oral health will not be affected by the prolonged use of this ingredient.
If a person has used this method for a long time to achieve a bright smile, it is advisable to stop using it and talk openly with your dentist to evaluate how the teeth are and the treatment to be followed from that moment.