brushing with baking sodaThere are many fads out there that promise to deliver whiter teeth and more beautiful smiles – and some of these can actually be dangerous for your teeth. The best whitening products that are safe for your enamel are ones that are given to you or administered by your dentist. At Empire Dental, we offer whitening services that can take you to the level of white you desire. However, there are some natural alternatives, like baking soda, that can be considered. Here is what to know.

Baking Soda and Your Teeth

Many homemakers swear by the use of baking soda as a cleaning hack for most everything around the house – but what about for your teeth? One of the most popular, natural alternatives to whitening strips or other over-the-counter whitening products is baking soda.


  1. It is gentle on the teeth and enamel
  2. It can be purchased easily and cheaply
  3. It is safe to ingest in small amounts


  1. It won’t remove stains from nicotine, coffee, wine, or other harsh substances
  2. Results are temporary
  3. It does not contain fluoride

Using Baking Soda as a Toothpaste

The best way to use baking soda for whitening purposes is by making it into a paste. Simple mix a small amount of baking soda with water (or a tsp of hydrogen peroxide for a boost in whitening) and form a paste. Brush with this mixture daily for one week to see results.

As mentioned above, using baking soda for whitening is not a bad alternative to whitening treatments, but over time, it can leave your teeth susceptible to cavities. Using toothpaste that contains fluoride and brushing with it at least twice per day for two minutes is the best way at combatting tooth decay and disease. So, use baking soda sparingly and make your priority dental health over whiter teeth.

Get Whiter Teeth in San Antonio, Texas

The best way to get whiter teeth is with your dentist. At Empire Dental, we are committed to giving you a healthier – and whiter – smile. You can talk with us about your whitening options at your next routine appointment, or schedule a consultation with us today. Having whiter teeth doesn’t have to be a hassle, let us help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

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