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Baking Soda Dentifrices: Benefits for Oral Health
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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 gingivitis reduction.
  • 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.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the safety of baking soda containing dentifrices to teeth and oral tissues
  2. Learn the clinical benefits of baking soda containing dentifrices on gingival health
  3. Learn about the whitening and stain-reducing properties of baking soda containing dentifrices
  4. Understand the antibacterial effects of baking soda containing dentifrices


This course is sponsored by Arm & Hammer.

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