Teeth whitening ads increasingly populate internet websites reminding us that white teeth look beautiful. In fact, as we age, our teeth naturally yellow so white teeth is an enhancement that often makes us look younger. Hydrogen peroxide has a special chemical complex that, when used safely, can remove staining from teeth. In fact, many of the expensive teeth-whitening kits available online or from your dentist will contain hydrogen peroxide as the main active whitening ingredient.
But, there is no need to spend a lot of money on expensive cosmetic procedures or formulas.
Hydrogen peroxide is known to act as a disinfectant and antiseptic. The bubbling action, when applied or poured onto a cut, for instance, is evidence that the liquid is removing debris and harmful germs. But hydrogen peroxide also acts as a bleaching agent and when combined with Baking Soda, you have a powerful teeth whitening mixture.
~ Hydrogen peroxide- it will be marked 3% on the bottle (about $2)
~ Baking Soda (about $1.50)
~ dab of toothpaste
~ Start with two teaspoons of baking soda in a small glass bowl.
~ Add a capful of peroxide to make a thick paste
~ Add a dash of salt for “grit”
~Optional. This is a salty mixture. You may want to add a dab of minty toothpaste to make it taste more pleasant..
~ Brush as usual but be gentle on your gums.
~ Use this paste once or twice a week only.
Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound and an acid. It is weak, but nonetheless, overuse can harm the enamel on your teeth and aggravate sensitive gums. There is a danger that one may be so impressed with the stain-lifting effects of hydrogen peroxide that they start to use it everyday. This is a dangerous idea, even if you dilute it. Do not use it more than twice a week and stop using it or see your dentist if your teeth become sensitive.
General Oral Care ~
Because hydrogen peroxide fights bacteria, it can be used as a gargle to prevent bad breath and prevent or treat gingivitis. You can also use it to soak you toothbrush in to keep it disinfected. But overuse can cause sensitivity and harm enamel. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide with water if using it as an oral rinse.