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How to Help Whiten Teeth with Baking Soda

If you’re looking to save money and need help whiten your teeth, use bicarbonate of soda or baking soda a couple times per week. Baking soda will help whiten your teeth naturally and simply, without harming your tooth enamel.

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A Home Remedy for Teeth Whitening

If you enjoy coffee, tea, or red wine, you know that these tasty drinks can stain your teeth. Many people find that a brighter smile is a big boost to their confidence and want to know how to whiten their teeth.


To help whiten your teeth, you just need baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda an ingredient you probably already have in your kitchen or refrigerator. Baking soda makes an easy and effective DIY home remedy for teeth whitening. Studies published in The Journal of the American Dental Association showed that baking soda is an effective stain remover and whitening ingredient for oral care.


Grab your trusted orange box of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda and take it to the bathroom for some teeth whitening magic.


How Does Baking Soda Whiten Your Teeth?

Baking soda is good for teeth whitening because it is a very mild abrasive, which helps remove stains from the surface of your teeth. In addition, baking soda is alkaline and salty, which helps lighten acid-based food stains – such as those from coffee, tea, and red wine – on teeth.

Our Favorite DIY Recipe for Teeth Whitening with Baking Soda

The easiest method to help whiten your teeth with baking soda is simply to mix about a tablespoon of baking soda with about a tablespoon of water in a small bowl (roughly equal parts baking soda and water). You’ll make a thick paste that you can apply to your teeth with your fingers or a soft-bristled toothbrush.


For best results, brush for about two minutes using circular motions and be sure to coat all of your teeth with the paste. Gently brush all around your mouth, hitting each tooth. Do not scrub too hard or use too much force.


After two minutes, spit out the baking soda and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash. Rinse your toothbrush as well.


For more intense whitening, substitute over-the-counter topical hydrogen peroxide for the water in your DIY baking soda teeth whitening recipe. The solution will bubble and fizz some as the two ingredients combine. If you’re using the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide method, keep the paste on your teeth for one minute before rinsing. Be careful not to swallow the paste and check with your dental care professional to make sure this DIY treatment is suitable for you.

Baking Soda Toothpaste for Teeth Whitening

If you want to get the benefits of teeth whitening with baking soda but you prefer the ease and taste of a toothpaste, ARM & HAMMER™ offers several kinds of products for different oral care needs. Try our Advance White toothpaste with baking soda for whitening as well as fluoride and tartar control. There are also baking soda whitening toothpastes for sensitive teeth and gums, and breath freshening 

Whitening with Baking Soda and Toothpaste

If you already have a favorite toothpaste or oral hygiene routine, you can add a weekly whitening treatment with baking soda to help keep your smile bright. Always rinse your mouth thoroughly after whitening with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. If you have questions about whether teeth whitening is right for you, ask your dentist.

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