This program is based on a compilation of numerous reports based on research
of the effects of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as a dentifrice ingredient.
This program provides information of value to dental practitioners on the
benefits of baking soda dentifrices on oral health. This information is
applicable to our daily practice of dentistry in which the cornerstone of all
our therapy is effective control of biofilm by our patients. This program
summarizes the efficacy and safety of baking soda-containing dentifrices for a
variety of uses. In reviewing the evidence presented, the following summary
statements are appropriate:
- The low abrasivity of dentifrices containing baking
soda makes them especially suited for safe daily use in oral hygiene regimens.
- Microbiological studies have shown that baking soda
products have significant bactericidal activity against oral pathogens which
explains benefits demonstrated in clinical studies on plaque biofilm and
- Baking soda dentifrices favor patient compliance
because they have stain reducing and whitening properties, a feature which
motivates patients to brush as instructed by their oral care practitioner.
- Neutralization of plaque acids by baking soda
supports caries reduction as well as facilitation of remineralization of
incipient carious lesions.
This course is sponsored by Arm & Hammer.