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    Can baking soda treat blackheads? Can brushing teeth with baking soda enhance enamel’s strength? Does baking soda whiten teeth?

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    Baking Soda for Blackheads and Teeth Whitening

    Can baking soda treat blackheads? Can brushing teeth with baking soda enhance enamel’s strength? Does baking soda whiten teeth?

    These are the most common questions people ask when baking soda is the topic of discussion. My friend, John, said that one of the uses of baking soda is to dilute it with water and drink the concoction early in the morning to strengthen immune system.

    I followed it for a few days and stopped. I just could not endure the taste.

    Then, John’s sister, Jaime, told me that she used baking soda for her blackheads. But I am not sure about it though. I have a very sensitive skin and it may cause acne breakout.

    However, I could see that Jaime’s face is indeed blackhead-free. Blackheads, per se, are some household ghosts that your little sister is trying to describe. Nevertheless, they are annoying.

    So, how did Jaime use baking soda for her blackheads?

    Make exfoliation solution for blackheads with baking soda

    1. Gather nutmeg, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
    2. Mix them all until you come up with a thin paste.
    3. Rinse your face with lukewarm water.
    4. Apply the mixture onto your face in light, circular motions.
    5. Make sure that it covers all of your blackheads.
    6. Leave it there for at least three minutes.
    7. Rinse it with lukewarm water.
    8. Pat and dry.

    This baking soda for blackheads remedy is especially great for oily skin. With nutmeg’s power, it reduces oil production on your face. As a result, it will leave your skin really smooth.

    When you add milk onto the solution, your face will appear smoother because of milk’s lactic acid that breaks down old skin cells. If you decide to use milk, make sure that it is buttermilk, rather than the regular milk.

    Why?

    The reason for this is that buttermilk contains more lactic acid.

    When you apply the mixture onto your face, you must use a very light touch. Avoid rubbing as it could damage your skin.

    Another way to treat blackheads using baking soda is to mix it with honey. Honey is rich in vitamin C making it a great natural remedy for your blackheads.

    To use it, here are the steps:

    1. Mix honey and baking soda well.
    2. Make sure that the mixture is sticky to make it more effective.
    3. Apply the mixture onto your face.
    4. Leave it there for at least three minutes.
    5. Rinse your face with lukewarm water.

    The stickier the mixture is, the better as the honey will effectively stick to your blackheads down to your pores. When you rinse your face, it pulls out the blackheads and removes them.

    Because of honey’s antibacterial and antioxidant properties, small remnants in your pores will not be oxidized. So, they will not turn black and form blackheads.

    Wash your face twice a day with these mixtures. You can use the first mixture in the morning and the honey wash in the evening.

    How about brushing teeth with baking soda?

    I tried brushing my teeth with baking soda before. But that was once and I did not notice positive effects on my teeth.

    Still, many people swore by its effectiveness.

    Baking soda, per se, has properties that may help in eliminating surface stains while making your teeth whiter. But there are side effects of using this teeth whitening natural remedy.

    Should you wish to use baking soda when brushing your teeth, here are the steps:

    1. Wet your toothbrush first.
    2. Dip it into the baking soda.
    3. Make sure that all bristles are covered with baking soda.
    4. Start brushing your teeth for two minutes.
    5. Rinse it with water.

    When brushing your teeth with baking soda, you may feel burning or tingling sensations in your mouth. For some, the sensation is bearable. For others, it is not. If it is unbearable to you, you must stop using this natural remedy. Immediate rinse your mouth with water.

    You may also add vinegar to your baking soda solution for whiter teeth. For this remedy, here are the steps:

    1. Mix baking soda, salt, white vinegar and water.
    2. Dip your toothbrush into the mixture
    3. Use it to brush your teeth for two minutes.
    4. Rinse your mouth with water
    5. Brush your teeth with regular toothpaste.

    Others would mix baking soda with their regular toothpaste to make a more effective teeth whitening solution.

    Baking soda with strawberries may also help in whitening your teeth. Strawberries have teeth whitening properties. When they are combined with baking soda, the mixture becomes a powerful teeth whitener.

    To use this solution, here is how.

    1. Mash ripe strawberries
    2. Combine it with baking soda
    3. Mix them well to form a paste
    4. Add the paste to your toothbrush
    5. Brush your teeth for two minutes
    6. Rinse your mouth with water

    Cons of brushing teeth with baking soda

    Although brushing your teeth with baking soda can make an effective natural remedy to whiten your teeth, it must only be done once or twice a week.

    One of major disadvantages of this natural remedy is that baking soda, per se, is an abrasive material. If you use it repeatedly, it can weaken your enamel.

    When your enamel is weak, it makes your teeth more sensitive. It also makes them more prone to dental cavities. Bear in mind that this type of damage cannot be reversed.

    Some dentists do not recommend this remedy because baking soda does not prevent cavities. It does not eliminate bacteria from your mouth. Thus, you are still going to brush your teeth with a regular toothpaste .

    And if you are wearing braces, baking soda may leave darker spots onto the brackets. It can also cause those metals to fall out when they come in contact with the product.

    Before you attempt to perform these steps, consult your dentist. Unfortunately, not all dentists would recommend such. This is especially true to those tooth doctors who do not believe in the use of natural remedies.

    Does baking soda whiten teeth?

    Some dentists would say yes others would not recommend it (just like my orthodontist).

    Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a common household product. From eliminating smells to cleaning your bedrooms, this product offers several uses.

    When you look at the ingredients of teeth whitening toothpaste or just regular ones, you will find baking soda as one of the main components.

    So, does baking soda really whiten teeth? It does, according to Colgate. This household product can indeed remove surface stains. However, you must only use it with caution.

    This product contains a chemical compound that offers mild abrasive properties. The abrasiveness of baking soda is what makes it an effective remedy to whiten teeth to make them appear whiter.

    But does baking soda whiten teeth and remove deeper stains? Unfortunately, it does not. For this, you will have to consult your dentist to create a specifically-made whitening teeth product for deep cleaning.

    According to Livescience, the only benefit of baking soda is that it makes your pearly whites look whiter. In other words, it only eliminates plaque accumulation. But it is not effective in the proper penetration into your teeth to completely remove stain molecules.

    This means that baking soda to whiten teeth is just a superficial method. It only whitens the outside but not the inside.

    Then, as mentioned earlier, it weakens your teeth’s enamel by up to 10 percent.

    When you continuously use it to whiten your teeth, it could cause serious damage to your enamel, which coats your teeth and prevents cavities.

    Since it does not contain fluoride, you are more prone to dental cavities. You will need fluoride-rich toothpaste to strengthen your teeth and prevent tooth decay. That said, you will have to brush your teeth with a regular toothpaste to provide strengthening effects to your pearly whites.

    The American Dental Association does not recommend this method in whitening your teeth. Instead, they advise looking for toothpastes that contain the seal of ADA. This will make sure that the product does indeed contain the ingredients as found on its label.

    The ADA also does not recommend the use of strawberries and lemon juice to whiten teeth as they, too, are harmful to your teeth’s enamel.

    Brushing teeth with baking soda to whiten teeth may really seem that your pearly whites appear whiter. However, you are only doing more harm than good as this product can cause erosion and abrasion to your teeth.

    And as previously mentioned, you cannot reverse the effects it can do to your teeth. That is, once the enamel is lost, it is gone forever.

    Thus, my dentist advised to perform bleaching in the office. If you do not want to do that, you may request for a home bleaching system specifically made for your condition.

    Furthermore, my dentist recommends having routine teeth cleanings. She also recommended minimizing eating foods that can stain your teeth. This means no more coffee, tea, wine and soda.

    What are the other uses of baking soda?

    Baking soda is a popular option for cleaning various things. With its scent, it can help in deodorizing your fridge or room.

    • Mix it with water and put the mixture in a spray bottle.
    • Spray your room with this mixture every day to remove unwanted odor.

    In cooking, some use it to reduce compounds of food that can cause gas.

    • To speed up the cooking process of beans, add a pinch of it.
    • To reduce acidity of your coffee, add a small amount of baking soda to your brewed coffee.
    • To help tenderize the meat, add a little amount to it to break down the proteins of the meat.

    I personally use it to clean our sinks, tiles and toilet bowls. Thanks to its abrasive features.

    Some of my friends utilize baking soda as underarm deodorant. I am not sure if they are effective though. They did not tell me the result.

    To improve the effectiveness of your detergent, experts recommend adding it your laundry water to neutralize the odors of your clothes.

    To soothe dry skin, skin experts adding it to bath water. It also reduces sunburn effects and itching as the result of mosquito bites and poison ivy.

    Swimming pool owners utilize it to balance the pH of the pool. It also makes the water as clear as possible.

    I found some websites that recommend the use of baking soda in neutralizing or restoring pH balance in the body. The same recommendation as my friend, John. But this advice is nonsensical, according to some doctors.

    Conclusion:

    It is important to note that I do not recommend the use of baking soda for blackheads or whiten teeth. The reason for this is that I have not proven its effectiveness. But my friends and colleagues have tested and proven them to be effective.

    Well, there is no harm trying out baking soda for your blackheads. However, if you see negative side effects, you must immediately stop using it.

    When it comes to whitening your teeth, baking soda may help in making your pearly whites whiter. However, it does not offer deep cleaning and whitening.

    Then again, I would not suggest it. That is not because it is not recommended by my own orthodontist but it is because baking soda is abrasive. If you do plan to whiten your teeth, you should consider consulting your dentist. You must only perform teeth whitening procedure in the presence of your tooth doctor.

    Even though there are several experts who recommend baking soda for blackheads, whiten teeth and cleaning pearly whites, there are no studies that could prove those claims.

    As always, you should decide for yourself. Try it out whether or not baking soda can treat your blackheads or whiten your teeth. After all, baking soda is fairly cheap compared to those blackheads and teeth whitening products on the market.

    Still, baking soda offers a lot of uses at home as it can remove stains and deodorize rooms.

    References:

    1. http://www.sharecare.com/health/teeth-whitening/baking-soda-lemon-juice-used-teeth-whitener
    2. http://www.livescience.com/48472-teeth-whitening-methods-really-work.html
    3. http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2013/January/article/SW-281474979043022.cvsp

    About the author

    Janey Danes Janey Danes started her career as a part-time article writer, editor and proofreader in 2008. She specializes in topics related to health, travel, technology, family, and spiritual life. Danes is a licensed medical technologist and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. She is also a contributor to Travel Philippines | Entertainment and Medical Technology Avenue. You can also find her on Google+.

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