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A 20-year-old member asked:

is it healthy to brush your teeth with sodium bicarbonate?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Why?: It's not un-healthy... But why would you use it? There are many toothpastes out there with sodium bicarbonate - arm and hammer. Plus with a toothpaste you get the flouride. If you are brushing only with baking soda... Get the benefit of flouride and use a toothpaste with both.
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Baking soda is antibacteria and a mild abrasive to polish your teeth.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can sodium bicarbonate take away teeth stains?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Yes: Also known as baking soda. Baking soda was commonly used by mixing with water and using it to brush your teeth. Dentists don't recommend using it this way, but many toothpaste companies have incorporated sodium bicarbonate in their whitening toothpastes. If used properly, these toothpastes are helpful for removing extrinsic stains. If the staining is intrinsic, no amount of baking soda will work.

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