Baking soda has been used safely as a dental care product for decades. Using baking soda on a young child’s teeth is safe as long as simple considerations are followed. In addition, many dental associations have approved toothpastes and powdered products containing sodium bicarbonate for teeth. For parents who want to avoid fluoride dental care products, baking soda may be a good alternative.
Using a soft bristle toothbrush, a young child can use a small amount of sodium bicarbonate moistened with water to gently thoroughly clean the plaque and food particles. Soft bristle brushes are most effective at reaching deposits that form below the gum line and to reduce tooth enamel wear.
Why is it effective?
Sodium bicarbonate is an effective dental care product because it is a mild abrasive that helps remove the sticking plaque and persistent sugar deposits that build up in the grooves of the teeth. Dentists also commonly recommend it as a natural teeth whitener. The natural refreshing ability of baking soda reduces halitosis or bad breath.
Because pure sodium bicarbonate does not contain fluoride, some parents may prefer it over fluoride products that may be toxic when swallowing a larger amount than a pea. Many natural products for dental care for infants and toddlers already have fluoride-free formulas with sodium bicarbonate as the main ingredient.
Young children may find the taste of baking soda unpleasant. Your child should brush at least twice a day, so if you dislike the taste of baking soda, try adding powdered aniseed, stevia herb or a drop of peppermint oil to a small amount of baking soda. These attractive flavorings naturally do not favor dental cavities.