5 Reasons Why Brushing Teeth with Baking Soda is Better


You may have heard about how baking soda can add extra fluff and crispiness to a batch of snickerdoodle cookies or help get rid of stinky odors in the fridge. But did you know baking soda is also a heroic compound when it comes to oral care and maintaining healthy teeth?

ARM & HAMMER™ Toothpastes harness the natural benefits of baking soda and give you a better way to brush in unique ways.

Learn how the alkaline properties of baking soda make it the ideal tool for cleaning and whitening your teeth. We’ll talk about using baking soda alone, adding it to your favorite toothpaste, and the convenience of an all-in-one baking soda toothpaste formula.

What Does Brushing Your Teeth with Baking Soda Do?

As a mild abrasive, baking soda dentifrices help remove plaque from your teeth. In addition, baking soda helps neutralize plaque acids and also break down and remove stains. Less plaque helps prevent tooth decay.


Baking soda also works to whiten your teeth! You can make a DIY baking soda paste from baking soda and a little water and dip your toothbrush in to help clean your teeth.

5 Reasons Brushing Teeth with Baking Soda is Better

Haven’t thought about using toothpaste with baking soda before? Here are five benefits of brushing your teeth with baking soda:

1.Baking Soda Toothpastes Remove Up To 3X More Plaque

The alkaline properties in baking soda help neutralize the acids in your mouth when you eat or drink acidic foods or beverages such as citrus fruits or soda. Our baking soda toothpastes can help remove plaque in those hard-to-reach areas when you’re brushing, such as your back molars.


ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda Toothpastes dissolve quickly, then penetrate deep between teeth and along the gum line. In fact, our baking soda toothpastes are clinically shown to remove up to 3 times more plaque in hard-to-reach places compared to a leading toothpaste.

2.Neutralize Plaque Acids More Effectively

Without proper care, plaque acids can weaken and erode your enamel. Baking soda balances the pH in your mouth to work against plaque acids.


ARM & HAMMER™ Toothpastes are powered by the most effective levels of baking soda*. Brushing with ARM & HAMMER™ Toothpastes helps protect your teeth and gums, prevents tooth decay, and helps stop plaque from hardening and turning into tartar.

3.Whiten Teeth More Gently

As a mild abrasive, baking soda gently lifts and removes surface stains to whiten your teeth without harming or eroding your enamel.


Tip: For even more whitening power, try Advance White™ Extreme Whitening Toothpaste with special Stain Defense™ technology that removes stains and prevents new ones from setting in.

4.Protect Enamel with Less Abrasivity

All toothpastes use different kinds of abrasives to remove plaque. Over time, some of these abrasives can wear away your enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to acid erosion.


Baking soda is a less abrasive way to remove plaque than brushing with most non-baking soda toothpastes. On average, toothpastes with baking soda have a lower Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) value, making them an ideal option for cleaning your teeth without sacrificing the health of your enamel!


It’s also important to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush to help protect your enamel and avoid over-brushing your teeth.

5.Different Formulas for Different Needs

Toothpastes with baking soda come in different formulations to fit individual needs, so you can choose your favorite!


  • When You Want to Whiten: Some baking soda toothpastes place added emphasis on whitening, gum health, or enamel repair. For example, ARM & HAMMER™ Peroxicare™ helps improve gum health by targeting plaque, tartar, and set-in stains.
  • For Sensitive Teeth: Some people might have sensitive teeth due to exposed dentin. ARM & HAMMER™ Sensitive Toothpaste has 5 percent potassium nitrate to help reduce painful sensitivity to cold, heat, sweets and acids on contact.
  • Great Taste: Most baking soda toothpastes have a refreshing minty flavor that can help provide that fresh feeling in your mouth. However, some kids’ formulas may feature fruity flavors they’ll enjoy as they get used to cleaning their pearly whites!
  • Fewer Ingredients: Some formulas have fewer ingredients, which may benefit people with toothpaste allergies or sensitivities. ARM & HAMMER™ Essentials Whiten & Strengthen Fluoride Toothpaste is free of SLS, artificial dyes, sweeteners, and preservatives, using 100 percent natural baking soda to help whiten and clean teeth.


Whether using a toothpaste formula that includes baking soda or making a DIY paste of your own, brushing your teeth with baking soda helps maintain healthy gums and sparkly teeth.

Young couple brush their teeth with baking soda toothpaste in front of a mirror

Can You Brush Your Teeth with Baking Soda Every Day?


The American Dental Association states that baking soda is safe for daily use when brushing your teeth. Additionally, the ADA recommends brushing your teeth with baking soda twice a day for two minutes apiece.


Brushing with baking soda alone can be helpful if you are allergic to any ingredients in conventional toothpaste. You can also brush with baking soda as an easy choice while camping or backpacking if you’re wanting to lighten your load and reduce your eco-footprint.


It's important to note that when using baking soda to whiten teeth, your chompers may not be noticeably whiter immediately after use. You may need to use baking soda multiple times to help remove tough stains like coffee or tobacco. Still, with time, you should see results!


Should I Brush My Teeth with Baking Soda Before or After Toothpaste?


If you’re dipping your toothbrush into baking soda for whitening, brush your teeth with baking soda first before brushing with toothpaste.


Alternatively, you may choose to add a pinch of baking soda to your regular toothpaste. In this case, you should sprinkle the baking soda on before brushing your teeth. Or, if you have a toothpaste featuring baking soda (like ARM & HAMMER™ Toothpastes!), it’s a single step of brushing!


Can You Brush Your Teeth with Baking Powder Instead of Baking Soda?


No, you cannot use baking powder as a replacement for baking soda when brushing your teeth. Baking powder has corn starch and acid. Unlike baking soda, it is not alkaline and thus does not work against plaque acids.


ARM & HAMMER™ Has You and Your Teeth Covered!


Now that you know all the reasons why you should use baking soda to brush your teeth, make a DIY paste of your own and turn to ARM & HAMMER™ Toothpastes to experience all the benefits!


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