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Does brushing your teeth with baking soda really work?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (9320 points ) September 8th, 2012

Is it because it is somewhat abrasive and it cleans your teeth? Is that the only way that it cleans your teeth?

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Bill1939's avatar

Baking soda will work in a pinch, however it is very abrasive and regular use can wear tooth enamel away.

marinelife's avatar

It also has whitening effects. It tastes terrible though.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

My partner stole my tube of toothpaste, last night (has it in her bag), and before heading out this morning, I needed a good brush. The taste was awful and I had to rinse 3 times to get rid of it!

Judi's avatar

I think that’s what they used in the olden days. My dad always talked about it.

flutherother's avatar

It works but is very destructive of tooth enamel. I wouldn’t use it myself.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It will work in a pinch. It also makes a reasonable sustitute for rolaids or tums in a pinch. But I’m with you, it tastes like crap.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Finally picked up a tube of toothpaste and couldn’t wait to brush my teeth!!!! They felt funky after having brushed them with the baking soda.

trailsillustrated's avatar

It’s not the dentifrice but the way you brush. 45% angle, for two minutes. Of course pastes feel good and baking soda is kinda gross but it has an oxygenating action which is good.

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