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Can I Whiten Teeth With Hydrogen Peroxide?

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Close up comparison of before and after teeth whitening treatmentHydrogen peroxide is one of the affordable and easy-to-use home teeth whitening treatments. When diluted to between 3 percent and 10 percent, hydrogen peroxide is safe and highly effective for teeth whitening. However, it is recommended to consult a dentist before using it to whiten your teeth.

Is It Safe to Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Whiten Teeth?

When it comes to the use of hydrogen peroxide in teeth whitening, there are risks when highly concentrated solutions are used. Concentrations between 3 percent and 10 percent are ideal. A 2007 study revealed that concentrations higher than 10 percent cause damage to tooth enamel and gums. Repeated use of lower concentrations below 10 percent is recommended for best results.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide For Teeth Whitening

There are two commonly used techniques of applying hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth. A rinse and a paste.

The Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

This is the most commonly used method, where you mix about 4 ounces (a half cup) of hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water to lower its concentration to below 10 percent. Then gargle this mixture in your mouth for a minute and spit it out. Try not to swallow the mixture and immediately spit it out if it irritates your gums, teeth, or tongue. Repeat this 3 - 4 times for the best results.

The Hydrogen Peroxide Paste

This technique is more complex but highly effective. A hydrogen peroxide and baking soda combination is a formidable cleaning blend that can effectively clean darker teeth. For the best results, mix three teaspoonfuls of baking soda with 4 ounces of hydrogen peroxide in a dish to create a fine, thick paste resembling toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this paste for about 2 minutes to limit exposure to gums and the tongue. Then, rinse your teeth with water.

Possible Side Effects

Irritation, corrosion of the enamel, and loss of taste are possible side effects when highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide is repeatedly used for a prolonged period. Exposure should be limited to 2 minutes per wash.

Closing Remarks

Consult with our qualified dentist for an assessment before using hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth. This will help determine which technique will work best for your situation and what the possible risks are.

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