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Q1. True or false – Baking soda should never be used in baked goods; instead, stick to baking powder.

Q2. True or false – Sodium bicarbonate is a long used remedy for heartburn.

Q3. True or false – Baking soda can penetrate tooth enamel.

Q4. True or false – You should not brush teeth with baking soda any more frequently than once a week.


A1. FALSE – Sodium bicarbonate is a key ingredient in recipes for baked goods. How does it work? Baking soda combines with any acidic ingredients you add and creates gas bubbles. This is the process that creates well-risen and fluffy cookies, cakes, breads and muffins. Baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate as well as a built-in acidifying agent by the name of cream of tartar.

A2. TRUE – Additionally, baking soda can help to sooth the itch and pain of bug bites and sunburns. Baking soda can even preserve fresh flowers.

A3. TRUE – Baking soda is an alkaline substance so it becomes an abrasive when mixed with H2O (water).  When you brush with such a mixture,  tooth enamel will be penetrated. In theory, this will break up the teeth stains that are left behind from colorful food and drinks, making teeth appear whiter and brighter.

A4. TRUE –  You can risk damaging your tooth enamel if you brush more than once a week with baking soda. Toothpastes with added baking soda that you buy at the store will generally have such trace amounts that you can use them on a daily basis. However, read the package label and ask your Oakland dentist if you should have any questions.

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