If you’re a frequent coffee, tea, or red wine drinker, you’re likely aware of the importance of regularly brushing teeth to prevent stains. With everyone looking to achieve the perfect smile by whitening their teeth, you may have heard that one way to get rid of these stains is to brush with sodium chloride, better known as table salt or by using baking soda.
Research from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry suggests you may be better off not doing this.
It appears there is no scientific evidence showing that brushing with table salt are doing anything scientifically positive for your pearly whites. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), on the other hand, is considered a mild bleach and abrasive which can help with neutralizing acids that cause cavities. However, since it is abrasive, this can lead to tooth erosion, damaging the sensitive enamel layer of the teeth which helps with protecting the tooth from decay. Though you may see short-term whitening, it’s nearly equivalent to “sanding down” the teeth. Once enamel is gone, it cannot be replaced.
If brushing and flossing isn’t giving you the results you desire in making your teeth whiter, consult your holistic dentist to find safer solutions.
This update is by Assure a Smile, the longest-tenured holistic dental practice in Miami. Our top priority is to provide patients with all-encompassing oral health care that safely improves oral health and wellness. By helping patients look and feel their best through a holistic dentistry approach, we strive to empower patients to make informed lifestyle choices that result in strong teeth, healthy gums, beautiful smiles, and optimum vitality. For more information on holistic dental care or to schedule an appointment with a holistic dentist, please visit https://www.assureasmile.com or call 305-274-0047.