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Fact or Fiction: Baking Soda Benefits
by Staff
You may think of it as a common household cleaner, but baking soda is also a wonder product in the personal care realm. What can it do for your teeth, face and hair? Find out in this quiz!

Baking soda is a chemical abrasive.

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You should never clean dentures with baking soda.

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Brushing dry baking soda on your teeth is an effective cleaner.

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Baking soda can neutralize both bases and acids.

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Baking soda can also be used as a mouthwash.

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Adding hydrogen peroxide to baking soda can also help whiten your teeth.

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Baking soda can neutralize bacterial acids in your mouth.

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Baking soda is the only ingredient toothpaste needs to properly cleanse your teeth.

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Baking soda can be used as an antacid.

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Baking soda can be an effective facial cleanser.

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You can dust baking soda on your armpits as a kind of deodorant.

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Baking soda's abrasive qualities will almost definitely damage enamel and dentine, a tooth's outer layers.

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If you have sores in your mouth, you should avoid baking soda.

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Only large baking soda crystals can be used in toothpaste.

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Baking soda is not the only type of abrasive used in oral care products.

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A homemade baking soda toothpaste is the most effective way to clean your teeth.

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If you're using baking soda or a baking soda toothpaste, but you still have dark spots on your teeth, you could have cavities.

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Unlike bleaching products, baking soda doesn't change the color of your teeth.

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For a quick fix, you can use baking soda as a dry shampoo.

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Carbon dioxide is a chemical component of baking soda.

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