Showing posts with label brushing with baking soda. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brushing with baking soda. Show all posts

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Why You Might Reconsider Brushing With Baking Soda

Here is a comment I received on this site: 

"Having used baking soda for 10 years (stopped a few years ago) I can report that it did a number on my teeth but not so much my gums. My teeth are green now and there was a time they looked great. Bottom line is I think I overbrushed and was way too energetic when brushing. I was waiting for this feeling of 'absolute clean' and sometimes it would be 3 minutes of hard brushing. The enamel took a beating and my teeth look like a smokers! I do drink alot of tea and coffee sometimes but I don't think thaey should be in this state. Im back to using regular toothpastes and it seems I cannot get my teeth white again. Bummer man! I have not discovered a 'whitening' toothpaste yet that has helped me restore whiteness and I'm scared of using those adhesive strips as my teeth are sensitive now."

You can read this comment on the page that it appeared originally on this site by clicking here. 

I don't want you to misunderstand.  The purpose of sharing this is just that to share information.  You can draw your own conclusions.  There has been a tendency to attack me for sharing information that some perceive as 'anti-baking soda'.

That's not the case at all.  The above quote comes from someone who left this comment on the site as a reader of a post entitled "Don't brush your teeth with baking soda".

Now, there are plenty of pro baking soda comments on that post as well.   Go to the above link if you would like to read them.

The point is, I think there might be some reason for concern with the practice of brushing with baking soda.   Whether you agree with me or some of the commentors on this site is irrelevant.  The purpose is to provide information and the experiences of other people for you to read and grow from.

Having said that, it seems inevitable that some people will leave negative comments.  I don't really know why.  It could have something to do with having a deep seated belief challenged.

People don't want to face facts that are contrary to what they deeply believe.   So, feel free to comment and say what you want, just consider moderating it in your own mind before just putting your initial reaction out there.

Thoughtful comments add to the discussion.  Emotional outbursts distract from the conversation.

Thanks in advance for thinking about these things before commenting.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Does Baking Soda Whiten Teeth?

Before you get overly excited about the idea of baking soda whitening teeth, read this... 

Look at the second part in particular.  

You can find the original posting on a page on the following page (along with other opinions about baking soda both pro and con)

This specific comment shown above can be found here: 

I'm not here to tell anyone what they should or should not do.  I just provide this information so that you have various voices to hear before you make a personal decision that you decide is right for you. 

The voices and opinions are just that.  Unfortunately, in this world, it is very hard to find definitive answers.  And in the end, we often have to make our own choices based on the information we can gather. 

There are way too many pages out there that extol the virtues of baking soda - I'm not saying they are wrong. Not at all!   I only see the opportunity to present you with some alternative viewpoints. 

I'm not taking sides on the baking soda issue at all!   I'm only providing various perspectives that I've collected.  

There is a lot to read about using baking soda on teeth on this page: 

So, go check it out.   Leave your comments and particularly your personal experiences in the comments on this page or that one  (or both).   It can help others to be exposed to various viewpoints.  

David For

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brushing with Baking Soda Everyday - Is That Good or Bad?

I've recently heard from a customer who said that her teeth became sensitive after using baking soda on a daily basis.

I think that if you are going to use baking soda, you should be very cautious.  

When in doubt about something you are doing, have a discussion with your dentist and dental hygienist about it.  Ask them for their professional advice.

Having said that, there is some discussion on this page about using baking soda for brushing.

Please note that I'm not trying to say that this practice is good or bad.   I'm only trying to share with you the information that I have and the discussion that others have added to on this topic.

Read them at the above link.  

Then, go ahead and share your own experiences, thoughts and concerns.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Should You Put Baking Soda On Your Teeth?

Personally, I do NOT think that you should.  But, a LOT of people disagree.

Ultimately, you will have to decide for yourself what you will or will not do.

However, you can read this to learn more about this debate.  

is it ok to put baking soda on your teeth?



Monday, July 29, 2013

Is Brushing Your Teeth With Sodium Bicarbonate Good Or Bad?

Great question.  

Dr. Keyes might say it is good. 

While other evidence may suggest that it is not so good. 

I guess that in the end you'll just have to make up your own mind.   You may leave your comments about it  below or on either of the above pages. 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Keyes Method to Oral Health

Some might say that Dr. Keyes was ahead of his time. Some might say otherwise.   Like many people ahead of their time, many of his colleagues could not accept his ideas.

However,  many of his ideas are carried on today.  Particularly at Temple University.

He promoted the use of baking soda for oral hygiene.  Some doctors supported his ideas and many did not. 

You can read an interesting interview with the man who holds the Keyes chair at Temple University today: Dr. Thomas Rams.   It is a very interesting read:

You can comment below.  


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Baking Soda Use Comment

Here is a video about one of the comments on the use of baking soda for brushing one's teeth:


There are a number of comments at the above link.  I encourage to read the original post, then the comments and carefully consider your own viewpoint and thoughts.  Then feel free to ad your own comments to that page.  

I'm looking forward to hearing from you on this controversial topic!  

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Commentary on Do Not Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda

View the page shown in the video

You can visit the "Do not brush your teeth with baking soda" page via the link above.  Read what is there and draw your own conclusions.   


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Do Not Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda - Video

Do Not Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda - has been one of the most popular posts on this blog so far.   You can read the full post here.

I made a short video based on that post,  you can watch the video here:

read the whole post here. 

Many people are brushing their teeth with baking soda.  But, just because a practice is popular, doesn't mean it is correct.

There may be hidden dangers in doing so that you have not thought about.

I remember one customer I spoke.  We were talking about this very topic.   She said that she did not like the taste of the baking soda, so she never personally did this.

But then she told me that her husband did.   She suddenly said, "his gums are more receded than the rest of his family".

Next:  Read the Rest Of This Post Here.  

I hope this information proved to be useful to you.


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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Do Not Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda

Many People Are Advocating It,  But That Does Not Mean They Are Correct

* Be sure to share your opinion on this topic below in the comment section and read the comments that are there already.

I know that there are many people, even dental health professionals that extol the virtues of brushing with baking soda. 

Now, if you are using a toothpaste that contains baking soda, that is different than what I am talking about here.  That is a small amount of baking soda.  I'm addressing those who actually dip a wet toothbrush in pure baking soda and proceed to brush their teeth with it!

There are also those who advocate mixing baking soda with hydrogen peroxide and brushing with that.  I also believe that is problematic too.  I would not personally do either.  


Ask The Right Professional If You Cannot Accept What I Am Saying

I'm going to share the subjective and anecdotal evidence I have against the practice.  And, I am going to ask you, if you still have any doubts, to ask a periodontist about brushing with baking soda. Specifically ask him if doing so can cause gum recession

Baking soda is very abrasive and definitely has the ability to erode your gum line (gum recession) as does brushing too hard in general, even without baking soda.

I asked my own periodontist about this and he said he could definitely see how baking soda could cause gum erosion due to its abrasive property.

Subjective But Important Information I Have Collected

I have two stories to relate to you hear.   You will make your own choices of course,  I am only sharing the information I have heard from two separate sources.

1.  A Dentist  - I know a prevention oriented dentist named Ellie Phillips.  You may have heard of her.  She sells the Zellies brand of xylitol mints and gums.  Has developed the Clean, White Teeth protocol, and has written a book:  Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye.

She has over 30 years of real clinical experience behind her.   She told me that anytime she has seen a patient with rapid and unexplained (not due to gum disease or other disease) gum recession, they have always been using either hydrogen peroxide or baking soda in their mouths!

Anyone who has noticed this in their practice over a 30 year period, is worth paying attention to, in my opinion.

2.  The Second piece of information on this came from one of my customers.  I often have lengthy discussions with my customers.  On this particular day, probably a couple of years ago, we talked about baking soda.

I explained what Dr. Phillips said in number 1 above.   This customer told me that she had tried baking soda but didn't like the taste so she did not continue.

Then she had an epiphany.  Her husband had been brushing with baking soda for years.  And he DID have an unnatural amount of gum recession.   She said compared to the rest of his family he had more recession than they did.

OK, those are my two pieces of information to share.

Again, you are going to make your own choices.  I know that!.

But, I feel better knowing that I at least shared what appears to be the truth with you.   I understand my evidence is subjective.  But that is the best I have to go on.

One thing I often say is this, "It is better to error on the side of caution".  This means, "It is better to be safe than sorry."

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