Making their teeth as white as possible is something that many people strive to do. The kind of teeth whitener which can be applied either by the patient at home or in the dentists surgery is capable of achieving the kind of dazzling white results which would once have been the province of Hollywood film stars. For many people, however, the idea of undertaking a treatment such as this which can be time consuming, expensive or both, is simply too much trouble. Yes, they want their teeth to be as white as they can be, but they want to achieve the effect in a manner which is quick, easy and affordable. Teeth whitening, in short, which is for those who wish to lead a low maintenance lifestyle.
Almost every other method of whitening your teeth depends upon seeking out specialist equipment or cleaning agents, but the low maintenance option involves the utilisation of something which can be found in virtually every kitchen in the UK. The substance in question is called baking soda or, to giver it its’ full name, bicarbonate of soda, and is an extremely common cooking ingredient. To be technical for a moment, it consists of crystalline mineral salts, or baking soda crystals, which are formed by passing carbon dioxide through sodium carbonate. Both the chemical and physical make up of baking soda help to make it ideal for cleaning teeth. In chemical terms it can stop the acid which attacks the enamel of the teeth from working and the fact that it is abrasive means that it is also excellent at scrubbing the teeth and removing stains. Unlike many such abrasives, however, baking soda dissolves easily in water, which makes it unique and even more effective than abrasive materials such as hydrated silica or dicalcium phosphate. The fact that it dissolves in water means that it can penetrate more deeply into the surface of your teeth and can make its’ way to spots which would otherwise be hard to reach. The fact that baking soda crystals are softer than the outer layer of your teeth means that they are capable of lifting stains without scratching this layer, something which some harsher abrasives are often guilty of.
It shouldn’t be thought that baking soda will give you the same kind of gleaming white teeth as something like laser whitening treatment, but it will help to keep your teeth cleaner and all whilst being a completely natural ingredient. If you do wish to achieve more of a bleaching effect then you can add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda which you use to clean your teeth. If you wish you can use just baking soda to clean your teeth by mixing water with some of the crystals until you have a paste to dip your toothbrush into. Put simply, baking soda is a quick and convenient first step towards whiter, brighter teeth.