Be careful brushing with baking soda! Using baking soda and water to brush your teeth can be very effective at controlling stains and therefore make your teeth look whiter. However it is quite abrasive on the surface and can cause permanent damage to the enamel.

Baking soda is great for whitening teeth but it can be harmful in other waysBaking soda does not kill bacteria either or have any therapeutic benefits for the teeth.If this is something that you like to do then:
  • do not brush too hard
  • don't brush for longer than one minute,
  • uses a soft toothbrush,
  • only use baking soda once per month; and
  • continue to use a fluoride toothpaste every day.